Anaheim Ducks coach, GM will be back next season

The Anaheim Ducks will bring back their coach and general manager following a rough 17-30-9 season, according to GM Bob Murray, but their standout center may be headed elsewhere.

“I’m coming back next year,” Murray said during a conference call with reporters. “Dallas (Eakins) will be our coach next year. Ryan Getzlaf and I have met and we’re talking about a few things. He’s obviously at a point in his career where he needs to take a little step back and see what’s best for his family and what he thinks his role can be.

“We discussed roles on the hockey team. Ryan and I discussed a whole bunch of things. We’ll continue to have discussions, so I don’t quite have an answer on that one.”

Murray said he delayed the media availability until he could meet with CEO Michael Schulman and owners Henry and Susan Samueli.

“They understand the plan,” Murray said. “They want it to be quicker, too. Everybody wants it. Nobody likes losing.”

The franchise-worst points percentage in 2020-21 came with an NHL record-low power-play percentage of 8.9.

“This is a critical summer,” Murray said.

Eakins is 46-63-18 in his two seasons as Ducks coach.

–Field Level Media