After two years on the job, evaluating Bob Murray.

Almost as soon as Randy Carlyle was rumored to be on the hot seat (see here, here and here) Bob Murray usurped an undesirable share of responsibility for the Ducks’ 4-7-1 start (see here and here).

The general manager has certainly traded away his share of popular players (Chris Pronger, Chris Kunitz, J.S. Giguere) and acquired some underachievers (Ryan Whitney, Evgeny Artyukhin, Petteri Nokelainen, Nick Boynton). He’s also had to cope with a shrinking internal budget in a time when many teams are pushing closer to a rising salary-cap ceiling – not to mention the fact that he inherited a team in November 2008 with only eight players signed beyond the end of the season.

A little research reveals some more specifics. We research, you decide:

According to the transactions archive on, the Ducks under Murray have acquired 47 players or draft picks via trade or free agency (excluding any draft picks the Ducks already owned, and excluding draft picks acquired and later traded).

As of Monday, here’s where those 47 acquisitions wound up:

Still in Anaheim (15):
Lilja, Mara, Sutton, Syvret, Green, Voros, Jaffray, McElhinney, Visnovsky, Blake, Chipchura, Koivu, Lupul, Sexton, Brookbank

Not in Anaheim, still part of the organization (13):
Bonino, Pielmeier, Sharp, Sbisa, Etem, 2011 1st-rounder, 2011 3rd-rounder, 2011 6th-rounder, Newton, Bordson, Smith, Hillier, Wagner

TSN (1):

Still playing for another organization (18):
Zaborsky, Oystrick, MacDonald, Eminger, Weller, Pogge, McCarthy, Boynton, Artyukhin, Christensen, Nokelainen, Wisniewski, Kontiola, Whitney, Brown, McCue, McIntyre, Stephenson

How the individual trades panned out:

Brian Sutherby > David McIntyre > Sheldon Brookbank

Nathan McIver > Mike Brown > Christopher Wagner (122nd overall draft pick in 2010)
Chris Kunitz/Eric Tangradi > Ryan Whitney/6th rounder > Lubomir Visnovsky
Sammy Pahlsson > James Wisniewski > 3rd rounder in 2011
Chris Pronger/Ryan Dingle > Lupul, Sbisa, Etem, 1st rounder in 2011
Evgeny Artyukhin > Nathan Oystrick > -$380,416*
Justin Pogge/conditional draft pick > Aaron Ward
Steve Eminger > Aaron Voros/Ryan Hillier
Jason Bailey > Shawn Weller
4th rounder in 2011 > Kyle Chipchura
J.S. Giguere > Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala > Curtis McElhinney
7th rounder in 2011 > Joey MacDonald
Matt McCue > Tomas Zaborsky
Steve Montador > Petteri Nokelainen > 6th rounder in 2011

*Oystrick’s contract was bought out; the Ducks were due to pay out the $380,416 buyout over two seasons, according to

Finally, here is THN’s list of all the players acquired by Murray since he took over as GM, and where each wound up:

December 2008:
D Logan Stephenson (for Joakim Lindstrom, from Phoenix): Traded to Chicago in Sammy Pahlsson deal

C David McIntyre (for Brian Sutherby, from Dallas): Traded to New Jersey 2 months later

LW Matt McCue (signed as free agent): Traded to New York Rangers, converted back to D, now in CHL

February 2009:
D Sheldon Brookbank (for McIntyre, from New Jersey): Anaheim

LW Mike Brown (for Nathan McIver, from Vancouver): Traded to Toronto for 2010 5th-round pick (Christopher Wagner)

D Ryan Whitney (for Chris Kunitz, Eric Tangradi, from Pittsburgh): Traded to Edmonton. In 82 games with the Ducks, Whitney had 4 goals, 34 assists, a minus-5 rating and 60 PIM

March 2009:
C Petri Kontiola (from Chicago, for Sammy Pahlsson): Wasn’t re-signed, now in KHL

D James Wisniewski (from Chicago, for Sammy Pahlsson): Traded to New York Islanders for 3rd-round 2011 pick

C Petteri Nokelainen (from Boston, for Steve Montador): Traded to Phoenix for a sixth-round draft pick in 2011

C Erik Christensen (from Atlanta, for Eric O’Dell): Waived; claimed by NYR

C Nick Bonino (from SJS for Travis Moen, Kent Huskins): Syracuse

G Timo Pielmeier (from SJS for Moen, Huskins): Syracuse

C MacGregor Sharp (signed as free agent): Syracuse

April 2009:
RW Dan Sexton (signed as free agent): Anaheim

June 2009:
RW Joffrey Lupul (from Philadelphia, for Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle): Anaheim

D Luca Sbisa (from Philadelphia, for Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle): Syracuse

F Emerson Etem (from Philadelphia, for Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle): Juniors

2011 draft pick (from Philadelphia, for Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle)

July 2009:
D Steve McCarthy (signed as free agent): Played one season in AHL; now in Finland

C Saku Koivu (signed as free agent): Anaheim

D Nick Boynton (signed as free agent): Waived, signed with Chicago

August 2009:
RW Evgeny Artyukhin (signed as free agent): Traded to Atlanta for Nathan Oystrick

G Justin Pogge (from Toronto for a conditional 2010 draft pick): Traded to Carolina, along with a 4th round draft pick, for Aaron Ward

LW Shawn Weller (from Ottawa for Jason Bailey): Wasn’t re-signed after one season split between the ECHL and AHL

D Steve Eminger (signed 2-year contract): Traded to NYR for Aaron Voros and Ryan Hillier

December 2009:
C Kyle Chipchura (from Montreal for a 2011 4th-round draft pick): Anaheim

January 2010:
LW Jason Blake (from Toronto for Giguere): Anaheim

G Vesa Toskala (from Toronto for Giguere): Traded to Calgary for Curtis McElhinney

March 2010:
D Jake Newton (signed as FA): Syracuse

F Rob Bordson (signed as FA): Syracuse

D Lubomir Visnovsky (from Edmonton for Ryan Whitney and a 6th rd 2010 pick): Anaheim

G Joey MacDonald (from Toronto for 7th-round pick in 2011): Not re-signed, currently in AHL

G Curtis McElhinney (from Calgary for Toskala): Anaheim

D Aaron Ward (from Carolina for Justin Pogge): Retired

D Nathan Oystrick (from Atlanta for Artyukhin): Contract was bought out, currently in AHL

June 2010:
F Jason Jaffray (from Calgary, for Logan MacMillan): Anaheim (on IR)

July 2010:
F Trevor Smith (signed as FA): Syracuse

LW Aaron Voros (from NYR, for Steve Eminger): Anaheim

LW Ryan Hillier (from NYR, for Eminger): Elmira

LW Josh Green (signed as FA): Anaheim

F Tomas Zaborsky (from NYR, for Matt McCue): Finland

D Danny Syvret (signed as FA): Anaheim

D Toni Lydman (signed as FA): Anaheim

August 2010:
D Andy Sutton (signed as FA): Anaheim (on IR)

D Paul Mara (signed as FA): Anaheim

October 2010:

D Andreas Lilja (signed as FA): Anaheim

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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