Soon after, he received kudos from a crosstown rival and peer,
"Dean gave me a pat on the back and said, 'Congratulations.' There's a mutual respect there," Murray said on a conference call with reporters. "As I said, I'd trade this one for that one if he wants to make a deal."
Those aren't just empty platitudes. Lombardi has been just as complimentary, impressed with what Murray has been able to do in Anaheim and the two plan to get together after the business of hockey slows down after the draft and free agency.
Before that, they were at the NHL’s Awards at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on Tuesday night. The general manager award is voted on by the league’s 30 GMs, a small panel of NHL executives and media members. Murray was a finalist for the honor in the
"When you're voted by your peer group, that makes anything all the more special," Murray said. "The people you work with and work against — when they vote for this — it's very special. It'll be an honor my whole life because they voted for that.
"Second of all, it means my off-the-ice team is doing a good job. That's something we've tried to create … we're getting better and better at it."
Murray, the Ducks’ GM since 2008, put together back-to-back
There were several other local finalists for the league’s major awards. Kings center
The Kings were honored for their Stanley Cup win. Goalie
Other winners included Pittsburgh’s
The Ducks’ Corey Perry was voted first team NHL All-Star and Getzlaf second team All-Star. Anaheim rookies, goaltender