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April 30, 2016 | 11:10am ET
Ducks GM expects to make multiple changes
TheFourthPeriod.com

The first domino fell on Friday, when the Anaheim Ducks fired head coach Bruce Boudreau.

How many more follow is a question even GM Bob Murray does not yet know the answer to.

Addressing the media a few hours after dismissing Boudreau, Murray voiced his disappointment in his players, notably his key, core players, and hinted that changes to the roster are coming.

"Let's face it, I'd like to know where the heck they were in Games 1 and 2," Murray said of his team's top players. "The players are going to have to answer that in the next four or five days. Where were they? They showed up in Game 7, but where was that passion? That controlled emotion? Where the heck was that? They're going to have to be held accountable, too."

The Ducks have significant depth on the blueline, but also lack a true No.1 defenseman. The team also has had a trouble with secondary scoring all season, though the acquisition of left wing David Perron helped, and the team would like to re-sign him.

Perron, who turns 28 on May 28, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"I have some contractual situations that will dictate some (other) things, and (Senior VP of Hockey Operations) David McNab and I have met a little bit on that already," Murray said. "That will determine some situations. I don't think it will be the same team, that's for sure."

It's believed the Ducks will entertain trade calls for some of his defensemen, including Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen.

Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm can become restricted free agents this summer, along with goalie Frederik Andersen, who is also expected to receive a lot of interest from other teams, including the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs, this off-season.

"We've got some very good core players. When they play, we have some very good core players," Murray said, leading many to believe the likes of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, both of whom own no-movement clauses, are not even being considered as trade possibilities. "Or they wouldn't have turned it around like they did when it looked like all was lost for a while there. You don't do what that group did unless you have some talent."

Meanwhile, forwards Shawn Horcoff and Chris Stewart, both pending unrestricted free agents, are not expected to be re-signed.

 
 
 

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