Bob Murray resigns as CEO of Ducks – .

Bob Murray resigns as CEO of Ducks – .

A day after being put on administrative leave, Ducks general manager Bob Murray tendered his resignation and will enroll in an alcohol abuse program, according to a team announcement. Jeff Solomon, who was appointed interim chief executive yesterday pending an investigation into Murray, will retain the title for now. Murray released the following statement:

I want to apologize to anyone wronged by my behavior. I am committed to making changes in my life, starting with enrolling in a treatment program. I would like to thank Henry and Susan Samueli, and Michael Schulman, because working for them has been one of the highlights of my career. As I move away from the Ducks, I will focus my attention on what it should be: improving my life for the betterment of my family and friends.

Murray had been with the organization since 2005, when he joined them as senior vice president of hockey operations and general manager of their AHL subsidiary which was in Portland at the time. The 66-year-old was promoted to general manager in the midst of the 2008-09 campaign where he took over from Brian Burke, a role he has held from until today.

During this time, Murray completed 105 transactions and signed 287 contracts, through CapFriendly. Among his notable signings were the eight-year contracts awarded to franchise stalwarts Corey Perry ($ 69 million) and Ryan Getzlaf (66MM) which remain the richest contracts in franchise history as well as the eight-year pacts that the defender Cam Fowler ($ 52 MM) and goalie John Gibson ($ 51.2 million) are currently in the works, deals that have generally been seen as team-friendly deals over the years. Anaheim made eight playoff appearances with Murray leading the show, reaching the Western Conference Finals in two of those years.

As for Solomon, he’s in his first year with Anaheim after being hired just a few months ago after 14 seasons at the Kings front office. It looks like GM’s interim title could very well be his until the end of the season; owners Henry and Susan Samueli said in a statement that they would now undergo a “Methodical and in-depth research” which they hope to complete by next summer at the latest. As a result, Solomon will have the opportunity to advocate for the full-time role; helping Anaheim to the playoffs after missing three straight years would certainly help on that front; the Ducks are off to a good start with a 7-4-3 record early on, good enough to place second in the Pacific Division and are definitely in the mix from the start.

ESPN’s Emily Kaplan was the first to report Murray’s resignation.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here