It was like looking at a high school yearbook without the cheery messages and autographs, one organized by seniority rather than alphabetical order.
And now, seriously out of date.
There have been six changes in general managers since the end of the NHL regular season — seven if you go back to January and include Tim
"The middle group took it hard," said Lombardi, lamenting the fates of some of his peers.
The rapid reshuffling has changed the dynamic of how the managers do business with one another. With so many new faces in new places, it has forced holdovers such as Lombardi and
At a time when there is expected to be a lot of high-profile moves at the
"The GM meeting [in New York] was a little awkward because there were so many new faces," Murray said. "I don't mean that in a bad way. You've got to be respectful of these guys. You've got to give them time to get into the position, to figure out what they're doing, and it's a process for them."
It matters to Murray because the Ducks are said to be in the hunt for help at center after the decision to let veteran
Murray, who was named the league's general manager of the year on Tuesday, has a long history with the
The same could not be said of Murray with the new man in Vancouver, Jim Benning, a former
The Ducks are expected to be active between now and the beginning of free agency on Tuesday. Murray has said that he has assets other teams want.
"It's a matter of what we're willing to give to get," Murray said.
The Kings, by contrast, have completed most of their off-season work. One of their last pieces of business involves restricted free agent
Mitchell, 37, is seeking a two-year deal. One of his former teams, the
Free agency officially opens Tuesday, but under the new collective bargaining agreement teams can start talking with pending UFAs already.
The opening round of the draft is Friday night and the Ducks have two first-round picks: No. 10, from Ottawa in the Ryan trade, and No. 24. Anaheim's draft record has been impressive in recent years.
"We think we'll get a pretty good player at 10," Murray said. "It obviously drops off a little bit after there. From 12, 15 to 35, you could do as well there at 13 as you can do at 35. We still feel we're going to get a good prospect for the future.
"You never know who is going to drop. This is part of the business I love is the draft. You never know what's going to happen. I was taught really well years ago … to prepare for everything. So I try to focus my guys on being prepared for anything to happen here."
Lombardi praised his scouts, saying: "Those guys knocked it out of the park with that one."