Gone is their vocal leader on defense, along with the energetic forwards who provided career seasons and valued bursts of productivity.
The blue line will have members aged 21, 23, 24 and 24 on opening night.
Yet, when General Manager
"This is a better team than it was before," Murray told
The loss of veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin sapped leadership from the roster, but Murray reacted quickly last week by trading for 34-year-old defenseman
"Solid veteran and good leader," Murray said of Bieksa, who was a roommate for eight seasons in Vancouver with current Ducks second-line center
Recognizing that third-line center
"He's got a great track record as a leader, in addition to being able to play all three [forward] positions," Murray said.
But what about that exuberance that left Orange County when
"It does open up a chance for the young guys," Murray said. "Sometimes, you need to give young players an opportunity, and I'm very confident we have guys that can step in and fill that void."
The Beleskey spot on Kesler's line probably will go to
"Hagelin is a really good player, we are really excited to have him," said Murray, a minimalist when it comes to praise.
Former first-round pick
The Ducks traded for left wing Jiri Sekac last season, confident that he could progress rapidly. Forward Tomas Fleischmann provides reliability and rugged
Opportunity exists for young forwards Stefan Noesen and Marcus Pettersson to seize a roster spot in camp. Or Murray can acquire someone else since he has some salary-cap flexibility.
"There will be opportunity at some point to get another quality player, which could even take place during the season," Murray said. "We have money and opportunity going forward to improve the team, and we will look to do that.
"That said, I would also like to see what some of the kids can do. While it's possible we jump on [the] right player right away, we may just wait and see how the kids do and add during the season if the right player [comes] along. We have options."
That is the case in goal, where