"I've saved enough in my budget to do something if I think it will really help us," Murray said during a conference call with reporters. "As you well know, we have a budget here and we've never been a cap team and until our revenues here dictate that, it won't be that way, and I have no problem with that. And I think Henry is very fair with what he does here.
"I've saved enough that if I think something's right, I can do it. But I've never been one to go out and trade my first-round pick. I get lots of calls asking about the [Shea] Theodores, the [Jacob] Larssons, the [Nick] Ritchies of the world. I'm just not one to do that now. If I'm going to do something like that in changing things, it will be at the draft where I'll make changes to my hockey team."
Among the forwards who might be available is Winnipeg left wing
Also reportedly on the market are Vancouver’s
Late Thursday, the defending
If the Blackhawks win the Cup again, they will give Winnipeg a third-round pick in 2018. Winnipeg will pay one-third of Ladd's salary.
That's a steep price for the Blackhawks but they considered it worth doing in order to make a run at a fourth championship in seven seasons. Ladd was a member of their 2010 Cup team but was traded when the Blackhawks encountered salary cap problems.
Murray, without mentioning specific names, said there were a few potential difference-makers available "if the price is reasonable."
The Ducks have won six straight games and are 20-4-2 since Christmas, surging from the depths of the
"I'm for sure not selling right now. That's one thing that's changed," he said. "Earlier in the year, you were thinking about ways to get younger. That's out the window.
"This team has faced the adversity of a bad start and fought its way back into the picture of making the playoffs. Probably right now you look at it and say they're doing fine. As in any year, when it comes to this point in time, when you can help them or help a certain area of our team that we believe is a little weak and we may need some help and depth, then you try to accomplish that. But as in the past, as I've always said, I'm not a big believer in this day, this time frame."
As an example of a deadline-beating deal that didn’t pan out, he cited his trade last year of young forward William Karlsson to Columbus for defenseman
"You can do too much and you can really confuse the issue on your hockey team," Murray said. "When there's chemistry, and it looks like there's some chemistry right now, it looks like everybody has fit into a role, so to speak, is accepting their roles, which is huge. So you don't want to fool with it too much.
“The other example is the
Murray also said he hadn’t made progress in contract talks regarding his potential restricted free agents. Goaltender
"Tried on a couple, got nowhere," Murray said. "Now is not the time to talk anymore, after a certain point in time …. It's going to be an interesting summer around here, I'll tell you that."
Murray also said he didn’t fault Coach
For those reasons, among others, he kept Boudreau behind the bench. "To me, things that were happening here and things that happened late in the summer were not the responsibility of the coach," Murray said.
Separately, the Ducks reacquired center Chris Wagner when they claimed him on waivers from Colorado. Since they were the only team that claimed him, the Ducks were permitted to assign him to their
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