Asked today if he was tired of seeing his team having a “goon” image, Bob Murray came back with a nuanced response — and simultaneously sounded like he took it personally.
Murray admitted that he and Brian Burke injected an emphasis on physicality in part to sell tickets when they took the reins in 2005. “We were trying to get interest back in the team,” he said.
But it’s gone too far when referees buy in, Murray said: “I think it gets carried to a point where the referes look at you, they see something happen (and say) ‘Well, that’s an Anaheim player, it must be him.’
“I don’t think I want to change the style of how we’re going to play. I like the certain style of how we play. How can people call us — that does irritate me when people call us goons. When you have people like Scotty Niedermayer, that is really disrespectful, and Ryan Getzlaf, Corey, Teemu Selanne. It’s a label we’ve had. We created it ourselves. I’d like it to kinda be changed around a bit. Don’t ask me to what.
“We have some damn good players here. If Teemu and Scotty come back, let’s count how many of every team’s players go to the Olympics. I think people will be quite surprised – “There’s a whole bunch of Anaheim guys, how do those goons get that?’ It’s enough. Enough.”