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Its FINALLY September! The Season Approaches

Now the Ducks 2013 season is officially in the books, we keep track of goings on during the off-season.

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Duck Tales: Who Is The 1LW Of The Future?

Will Dustin Penner rekindle his chemistry with the Twins, or will Devante Smith-Pelly develop into a consistent presence on the top line?

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Camp Anawannaheim Ducks Report Weds, Hit Ice Thurs

Camp Anawannaheim we hold you in our hearts. And when we think about you, it makes us wanna...park responsibly in the parking structure at Anaheim Ice.

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Aye Aye Admiral: Future Not As Clear In Norfolk

[Ed. Note: We've been on the lookout for new recruits to add to the staff this season, especially those who can team up with Shawn to give us Ducks fans more Norfolk Admirals coverage. Well, we've found her folks. Please say hello to Carolyn, your newest contributor to Anaheim Calling. Her primary focus is Norfolk but every so often she'll throw in her two-cents about the Ducks, too. - JN]

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Links: Mr. Getzlaf Goes To New York

Plus: updates from the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League, and dispatches from rookie camp.

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Ducklings Fall to Kings Prospects 6-1

The result could have been better, but it was an outstanding way to kick of the 2013-14 preseason.

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Links: Selanne To Start Season On Second Line

Not surprising. Also, Brian Burke has been hired by the Calgary Flames, and Radek Dvorak has been invited to the Carolina Hurricanes' training camp.

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Fancy Stats Simplified: Coaches Are Neat

Hey people: “elite” coaches are a myth perpetuated by the media and your moms!

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Which Ducklings Are You Most Excited to See?

It's not real hockey, it's not even preseason, it's not really even training camp, but Rookie Camp starts Thursday and it's one step closer to the real thing.

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Links: Interested In Any Remaining Free Agents?

I haven't crunched the numbers, but could the Ducks use a cheap, temporary veteran this season?

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News Chris&Jen Are Too Lazy To Write About Podcast

We're back! This time with a special guest host...

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Links: Toni Lydman Has Retired

Many of us have been anticipating this news all summer, but now it's official.

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One More Year!

And this time it really is ONLY one more year (or so he says).

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Fancy Stats: Gotta' Take A Dump

Kid's shortest post ever, because what started out as a great idea ended up enraging him, and now he's wandering around his office yelling, "fiiiight me!" as loud as possible.

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Links: Ryan Harbors No Ill Will Towards Ducks

Bobby Ryan is happy all the trade speculation around him has ceased since being dealt to Ottawa but he harbors no ill will for the Ducks.

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Fancy Stats Simplified: Systems and Passing

Mentions of pizza at all time lows, I actually get into a basic fundamental here...one that evil coaches are trying to kill in today's sport. (Imagine a sad-face emoticon, which I will not make for you, but IMAGINE IT.)

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The Norfolk Admirals Schedule is Finally Here!

... and it's pretty standard.

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Links: Are We Going To Struggle This Season?

Something about Sheldon Souray and PDO.

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Souray Out, Fistric In

Sheldon Souray hurt his right Mark Fistric .... ok I'll show myself out now.

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Links: Teemu to Decide on Future Next Week?

According to the OC Register, he's skating and concerned about what role he may play in the team this season. All good signs for ONE MORE YEAR.

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Fancy Stats Metaphor: Pizza/Hockey>Wings/Fighting

Pizza, Wings, Possession, Fighting... We've got it all here.

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Links: The Hardest Working Man In Show Business

I think we can officially refer to him as the hardest working man in show business.

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Links: Positive Developments From Teemu

Talks between Teemu and the Ducks have gone well, but we still aren't sure if he'll be back for another season.

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Links: Bruce Boudreau Is Not An Elite Coach

Since we can't complain about Bobby Ryan anymore...

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Feast on the East, Part 2

This season the Ducks will host all 16 Eastern Conference teams at Honda Center. Since I've got nothing better to write about this time of year, I may as well jot down a couple of thoughts on what I expect at those sixteen games. I talked about the first eight a couple days ago, and now I'm gonna talk about the last eight.

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Fancy Stats Simplified: Defense [Doesn't] Suck #2

Sometimes you think Chicago deep dish is perfectly acceptable. The next morning, you remember why New York pizza is the best. This is a metaphor for defense, probably.

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Links: Kerdiles Putting Past Behind Him

All of his energy is focused on securing a US WJC roster spot.

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Around the NHL: New/Old Head of Officials

Inundated with hockey talk from Toronto-based media daily, one of Kid Ish's aims in contributing is to bring league-wide news and notes to the AC community.

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Feast on the East, Part 1

This season the Ducks will host all 16 Eastern Conference teams at Honda Center. Since I've got nothing better to write about this time of year, I may as well jot down a couple of thoughts on what I expect at those sixteen games. I'll talk about the first eight in this post, and the other eight in a few days.

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Links: Could Teemu Go Elswhere?

Inconceivable! ... but a Finnish report says it's a possibility.

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Fancy Stats Simplified: Defense [Doesn’t] Suck

Defense certainly doesn't suck, but Bryan Allen does.

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Links: Teemu Is The OCYSF Sportsman of the Year

And he'll have a spot with the Ducks next year if "he wants it bad."

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Fancy Stats Simplified: I Am Possessed

[Ed. Note: Newest member of the Anaheim Calling crew Kid Ish goes all Linda Blair on your ass and talks about possession. I'm pretty sure that's what he's doing. I don't actually read the articles here. - JN]

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PD's National Hockey League of Nations

Chris lists the best players in Ducks history by nationality for Puck Daddy (too bad we don't have any good Finns)

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Links: Kariya In The (B.C) Hockey Hall of Fame

Plus profiles of two emerging stars, mindless ramblings stuff from BoC, and an AHL update.

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Fancy Stats Simplified By The AC Staff Rookie

Ed. Note: We've gone out and picked up a free agent to add to our depth at the writing position. Join me and the rest of the Anaheim Calling team in welcoming Kid Ish to the staff. - JN

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Links: Farewell, Fort Wayne

The partnership between the Ducks and their ECHL affiliate has come to an end.

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Links: Examining The Preseason Schedule

Check out the Ducks' preseason schedule, plus all the news that's fit to link.

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Links: Kickin' It Old School, Mighty Ducks Style

Now it's okay to be seen in public wearing the Mighty Ducks Wild Wing busting through the ice third jersey but only on throwback night.

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10ish Ducks Invited To Olympic Evaluation Camps

The United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland and Russia have named their invitees to the Olympic evaluation camp. The usual suspects made the list for the Ducks with a few surprises thrown in.

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Town Hall Debate: NHL Rule Changes

It's time to reopen the debate floor.

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Murray "Made Sure We're Not Too Deep on Defense"

Trying to get inside the head of GM Bob Murray is a dangerous thing.

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Select-A-Seat, Pt 2: Bob and Bruce Explain it All

GM Bob Murray and Head Coach Bruce Boudreau on a potpourri of topics from Friday's Select-A-Seat event.

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Links: Will Bobby Score 40 In Ottawa?

Silver Seven poses an interesting question.

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Select-A-Seat, Pt 1: Ryan Speaks, Um, COO Tim Ryan

Our first installment of news and notes from Friday's open house is all about the latest and greatest upgrades to The House That Rusty Built.

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Links: Grade The Ducks' Offseason

Plus some updates from the farm.

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Ducks In The Hall: Who Else Will Join Niedermayer?

This week, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced its inductees for the class of 2013, and Scott Niedermayer was among them. Which other Ducks will one day be made immortal?

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Links: Are The Ducks In On The Grabo Sweepstakes?

Grabo's agent has said that there are several teams interested in the forward, but won't name names. Could the Ducks be involved?

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Beleskey Extended for Two Years

One RFA Down, One to Go as Matt Beleskey signs a two year contract extension reportedly worth $2.7 million.

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Prospect Camp Notes and Analysis

SPOILER ALERT: Nic Kerdiles is a beauty.

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Ryan on HNIC Radio: Relief & Leaving Anonymity

Soon after being traded to the Ottawa Senators for Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and 2014 first round pick, Bobby Ryan went on Hockey Night In Canada radio to talk about the trade.

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Koivu Takes Discount And Signs One Year Extension

In not-Bobby Ryan trade news, one Finn down, possibly one more to go?

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Ryan Traded To OTT for Silfverberg, Noesen, 1st Rd

The rumors had been going on for years and now it's finally happened. Bobby Ryan is no longer an Anaheim Duck.

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Links: Beleskey and Palmieri Are Qualified

And a blockbuster trade between the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars. Pop the hood for more.

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Free Agency Open Thread: Rent Is Too Damn High

The Ducks have no money to spend unless they pull off a massive trade. Only one person can put this in perspective: Jimmy McMillan.

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Looking for a Center on the Free Agent Market

It's the same old story since the Andy McDonald trade: Who will center the second line? One possible answer is Nick Bonino. The UFA market may provide another.

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Links: Vinny Is Too Expensive

Vincent Lecavalier was too rich for Bob Murray's blood. And some Draftermath links.

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Ducks 2013 Draft Complete - Meet The New Ducklings

It took forever but the 2013 NHL Entry Draft is finally over. Lets take a quick review of the newest Ducklings to join the flock. We'll get our first view of the kids in action at the Ducks Conditioning Camp coming up soon.

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Ducks Welcome Keaton Thompson In 3rd Round

He made the Mighty Ducks even tougher to beat with his patented knucklepuck ... oh, wait. Keaton Thompson not Kenan Thompson.

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One-Timers: Hiller, Ryan, Seguin, Frugality & AFV?

Here we go with a quick round of random thoughts and comments from the brain of yours truly.

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Welcome To The Incubator, Ducklings (Draft Thread)

What's gonna happen today? Do Jonas and/or Bobby get traded? Will Seth Jones drop to #26?

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Should the Anaheim Ducks Trade Bobby Ryan?

Welcome to the start of a new summer series where we take a look at some of the big debates facing the Ducks, the NHL, and the sport of hockey as a whole. Each post will feature a hot-button issue that many people in these various communities are divided on and I encourage debate so long as it’s civil and controlled.

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History: Game 7 2003, Drafts, Drafts & More Drafts

Surprisingly with only one game in this triple-decker History post, there is a TON of stuff to cover. But that's what happens when you have all of the drafts ever (except 2005 and this year, stupid lockouts)

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3 Reasons Why Teemu Selanne Should Retire

It's hard to admit, but the time has come. Please don't throw any rocks.

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Surprise! Lovejoy Not-Not Signs 3 Year Contract

After saying they wouldn't be re-signing Ben Lovejoy, the Ducks sign Ben Lovejoy to a $3.3M, three-year contract.

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Links: RIP Player Agent Don Baizley

Don Baizley's clients have been a lifeline to the entire Ducks organization.

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Anaheim Calling Staff Predictions - Final Results

I WIN!*

(*and so does Kristen)

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Ducks & 29 Trades, Part II: Southeast Division

The summer of trades continues with an adventure through the Southeast division where the only blockbuster of the series appears.

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Links: Sorry Kids, No Buyouts Planned

Our condolences to those wishing for a Sheldon Souray and/or Bryan Allen buyout this year.

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Mission Beat Canada Begins: Poile Team USA GM

It's hard to forget the incredibly heartbreaking faces of the American players after Sidney Crosby scored the OT game winner in Vancouver. With NHL players all but guaranteed to be playing in Sochi, Team America (F*CK YA) starts to take shape beginning at the top.

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2013 Final is a Classic, 2007 Was a Bore

The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins are four games into what is so far one of the best Stanley Cup Final series in recent years. Makes you think back to how good the 2007 series was . . . except it wasn't.

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Links: The Bobby To Philly Rumors (Again)

Is it for real this time?

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Ducks & 29 Trades, Part One: Atlantic Division

The offseason brings the hope of next season, and that hope means talking about adding new players. This offseason there will be a series orchestrating trades with the other 29 teams in the league.

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Links: Are We Picking A Defenseman At The Draft?

Based on Bob Murray's recent draft history. And if you haven't noticed, our team is pretty old.

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Anaheim Calling Staff Preview - Stanley Cup Final

The Anaheim Calling Staff gives you our thoughts and predictions on the playoff series for all the marbles.

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One-Timers:Hiller To Pittsburgh, Paging Peter H...

Elliotte Friedman of CBC's Hockey Night In Canada has his 30 Thoughts column, The Backhand Shelf's Justin Bourne has a 30 Thoughts on 30 Thoughts post, and now I add myself to the list of writers who make lists.

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Links: The Kings Have Been Dethroned

The Kings' Cup defense ended with a 4-3 loss in 2OT in Chicago Saturday night. The Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins will begin the battle for all the marbles on Wednesday in Chicago.

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Andy McDonald: Career in Review

On Thursday, the Ducks' eighth all-time leading scorer and a fan favorite announced his retirement. He played parts of seven seasons with the Ducks, including the 2006-2007 Stanley Cup year.

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Links: Former Duck and Goalie Coach Retire

The Ducks' goalie coach has stepped down, as has former Duck Andy McDonald. Also: What in the name of Jarome Iginla is going on with the Penguins?

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Seven Years Since '07

Destiny is Heart, Sacrifice and Passion (reposting from last year)

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Links: LA May or May Not be on the Ropes

The Kings are in an 0-2 hole. This isn't the first time they've been in this position, either. Will tonight's game against the Blackhawks be the beginning of a turnaround, or will the end the evening on the brink of playoff elimination?

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Three Weeks of History with Teemu's Game 5 OT Goal

Super-Duper-Mondo-Humangous-Big review of Ducks History from May 12-June 1. Cleansing the palate for next week.

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Game 7, Murray and Boudreau

Even though we only had one game to talk about it’s a super sized edition of the pod.

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Links: Detroit Has Fallen.

Last night, Chicago did what we failed to do: beat Detroit. And Paul Kariya talks about Patrick Roy.

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Links: The Ducks Sign Stefan Warg

Warg, 23, appeared in 52 games with Vasteras of Sweden’s Allsvenskan this season, scoring a career-high 19 points with a +21 rating and 40 penalty minutes (PIM). Warg led team defensemen in scoring and assists, and ranked tied for second in goals.

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Player Report Cards: Matthew Lombardi

I guess it was worth a shot to trade Brandon McMillan for him.

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Player Report Cards: Radek Dvorak

You'd think that 4 goals in 9 games could get you into more games. Bruce apparently thought differently.

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2013 Ducks Report Cards: Devante Smith-Pelly

Can anyone say sophomore slump?

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Links: Francois Beauchemin Has ACL Surgery

The Ducks reported on Monday that the defenseman has had surgery to repair a torn ACL. He is on the mend, and should be ready to play by the beginning of the regular season.

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Player Report Cards: Jordan Hendry

We open our player by player review of the season that was at the bottom of the totem poll with Defenseman Jordan Hendry (no offense to all you hardcore Hendry fans)

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Links: John Gibson Wins Bronze At Worlds

John Gibson continues a year of international dominance, adding another medal to his growing collection. Can't wait to see him in the NHL.

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Group Therapy: One More For The Road

I guess it’s time for us to take one last trip to the couch, lie back and unload all of the crap for one last therapy session.

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AC Staff Picks: Conference Semifinals

Just because the Ducks are out doesn't mean we're not still paying attention.

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Links: Bobby Ryan to the Devils?

And if we did, is there anyone you'd want in return?

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Handshake Line Extra: Bye Old Friend, Enjoy The EC

Realignment will eliminate a rivalry that helped to define an emerging franchise as well as write a unique chapter in the history of one of the NHL's old vanguard. Ducks/Wings had a profound effect on both franchises, perhaps in ways neither franchise realized.

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Last Day Of School - Exit Interview News & Updates

Throughout today we'll be updating this thread with news and notes coming out of the Ducks exit interviews.

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Links: Bob Murray Is A Top 3 GM. Discuss.

The national hockey media and the AC faithful seem to have very different opinions of him.

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