Ducks extend GM Murray through 2016

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks signed executive vice president and general manager Bob Murray to a four-year contract extension, keeping him in those roles through the 2015-16 season.

Murray has been with the Ducks since 2005 and has served as the GM the past three seasons. Anaheim entered Friday's action in the basement of a cluttered Pacific Division, but sits just two points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"Bob has positioned us well for the future," said Ducks chief executive officer Michael Schulman. "He has added youth to our current lineup, with several exciting prospects still on the horizon. He deserves the stability this contract extension brings."

Additions under Murray's watch include defensemen Toni Lydman, Lubomir Visnovsky and Francois Beauchemin.

Murray was the Ducks' senior vice president of hockey operations when the club won the Stanley Cup title following the 2006-07 season.

"I couldn't be happier to be working for the Samuelis and Mike Schulman," said Murray. "I'm honored to receive this extension and will continue working toward our primary goal - bringing another Stanley Cup to Orange County."

Murray spent his entire 15-year playing career with the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he spent 10 more years in a variety of front office roles, including general manager from 1997-99.


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