February 11, 2019 | 9:50am ET
MURRAY NOW FOCUSING ON MAJOR ROSTER CHANGES
Ryan Getzlaf, centre
Having relieved Randy Carlyle of his coaching duties on Sunday, GM and now interim head coach Bob Murray is shifting his focus to his players to get a good look at what roster changes need to happen next.
Murray has made some minor cosmetic moves this season, but more are on the horizon.
The Ducks have registered two wins since Dec. 18, with both coming back-to-back in mid-January, and with two weeks leading up to the trade deadline, the Orange County Register reports everyone is fair game not-named John Gibson.
“There’s been no passion, no pushback, and we’ve always had that,” Murray told the Register. “There are too many guys following, and more people should be leading. That’s why I’m very worried. I need to see it up close in order to get it fixed.”
Murray is trying to get winger Jakob Silfverberg signed to a new contract, but failing that could result in a move by the Feb. 25 deadline. It has also been widely reported that various teams have been inquiring about Ducks forward Adam Henrique and defencemen Brandon Montour and Cam Fowler lately. Any moves Murray makes over these next two weeks are likely to have an impact on the team’s future beyond this season.
The Ducks have just over $71 million committed to next season’s salary cap, which is expected to increase between $81 million and $83 million – up from this season’s $79.5 million mark. Murray told the Register he has “no fear” asking veterans Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler to waive their no-movement clauses if the opportunity arises, but such a move is more likely to occur in the off-season.
“I’m not exempt from anything that’s going on in this room,” Getzlaf told the paper. “I’ve been here my whole career. The last thing I plan on doing is to go somewhere else unless Bob says I have to.
“I’ve always told him that if either side has an opinion that this needs to end, we’ll have the discussion. But I’ve put too much into this organization to not see it through. Going to another team is not in my vocabulary.”