NHL News: Ducks form GM committee, Devils Hamilton out with broken jaw, and Flames end deal for new arena

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Dec 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton (7) against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Murray’s run as the longest tenured general manager in Anaheim Ducks history ended in early November after he resigned amid an investigation that he verbally mistreated office staff.

Murray said in a statement that he would enroll in an alcohol treatment program.

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Ducks form committee

In a new report from Pierre LeBrun, he states that the Ducks have formed a committee to look for a new GM.

“CEO Michael Schulman, Scott Niedermayer, Paul Kariya and President of Business Operations Aaron Teats,” are part of the group per LeBrun. “Obviously owners Susan and Henry Samueli also part of things.”

The Ducks opted to take their time hiring a new GM which took Jeff Gorton off the table when the Montreal Canadiens moved quickly to hire him.

NJ Devils injury news

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Dec 11, 2021; Elmont, New York, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton (7) passes the puck during the second period against New York Islanders at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

Per NJ Devils: Defenseman Dougie Hamilton (broken jaw) will have surgery Wednesday. He will be placed on Injured Reserve retroactively to Jan. 2

In addition to Hamilton, the Devils announced goaltender Jonathan Bernier is out for the season following hip surgery and Nico Hischier is out with a lower-body issue.

Hamilton, 28, has 20 points in 30 games on the season for New Jersey. This summer he signed a seven-year, $63 million contract to join his fourth NHL team after three seasons apiece with the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes.

The Flames officially terminate arena deal

On December 22, the Mayor of Calgary put out a series of tweets laying out the Calgary Flames intent to pull out of the Event Centre deal.

“Today, I spoke with Murray Edwards, primary shareholder of Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corp (CSEC), about the future of the Event Centre project,” Mayor Jyoti Gondek wrote. “He informed me of the Flames intention to pull the plug on the Event Centre deal.”

CSEC released a statement on Tuesday noting that for the project to continue it would need both parties to waive construction conditions by December 31. That did not happen so in effect the deal is terminated.