He then quickly and repeatedly reassured his current players he has full trust in them to still win the
“I thought we were going down the right track for most of the day,” Murray said before Wednesday night’s Ducks-
"We were trying to accomplish something that obviously didn't get done."
Murray insisted the current Ducks, who possess an NHL-best 43-14-5 record, can still "do what we want to do."
The talks Wednesday were believed to be mostly with the
Speculation about the Canucks’ resistance was based not only on the teams’
Murray said there were times Wednesday he had all of the Ducks' two first-round and two second-round draft picks this summer and his top two picks in 2015 on the table.
The Ducks also offered prospects. Their top ones at minor league Norfolk are defenseman
Murray said he even made the unusual move, for him, of pursuing a "rental player," meaning an unrestricted free agent.
That player is believed to be Nashville center
"Every one of those picks was put in play and I failed to get anything done," Murray said.
"But I wasn't going to, and did not, offer any player off this roster, because I strongly believe this team is good enough.
"But you always try to make a hockey trade."
Despite the rejection, Murray said it's "OK, because this is a good hockey team."
On Tuesday, Murray toughened the Ducks by trading forward
Murray said his trades of Penner and backup goalie Viktor Fasth on Tuesday were not based on information that he had a willing trade partner for a bigger deal Wednesday.
The Ducks are $2 million under the NHL salary cap and capable before Wednesday of bringing aboard someone like Kesler, Buffalo forward
"I don't think anything changed," Murray said. "You have game plans. … [Tuesday] was part of a game plan I was able to accomplish."
Murray said Wednesday he was "taking a crack at trying to get better. But they've already proven they don't need any help. We have a lot of good young players who have a chance to keep on going. … I'm comfortable."
He said he also tried to avoid players that would “upset the apple cart.” He made one minor league trade, dealing defenseman Alex Grant to Ottawa for wing
Two young players the team hopes step forward are 23-year-old forwards
Palmieri said Wednesday he was excited by the additional playing time. He’s expected to be on the first line with
"All year long, this group has managed to do things," Murray said. "We've left it in their hands, and they've come through so far."