Ducks GM Murray placed on administrative leave amid investigation

Bob Murray was placed on administrative leave by the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday pending the results of an ongoing investigation into the professional conduct of the executive vice president and general manager.

“We recently became aware of allegations of improper professional conduct against Bob Murray,” the Ducks said in a statement. “After internal review, we engaged Shephard Mullin to conduct an independent investigation. On the recommendation of their initial findings, we decided to place Bob on administrative leave pending final results.

“In the meantime, vice president of hockey operations and assistant general manager Jeff Solomon will assume the role of interim general manager. We will not comment further until the investigation is completed.”

Murray joined the Ducks in 2005 as senior vice president of hockey operations and was named general manager on November 12, 2008. The 66-year-old was GM of the Chicago Blackhawks for three seasons from 1997-99, after serving two seasons as Chicago’s assistant GM under Bob Pulford.

Murray played 1,008 NHL games as a defenseman for 15 seasons with the Blackhawks, scoring 514 points (132 goals, 382 assists).

Anaheim is 511-357-123 in 14 seasons with Murray as GM, including 6-4-3 this season.

Murray was named NHL General Manager of the Year in 2014 after Anaheim scored 54-20-8 to finish first in the Pacific Division before losing to the Los Angeles Kings in seven games in the Western Conference Second Round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Murray coached the Ducks for the last 26 games of the 2018-19 season after firing Randy Carlyle. They went 11-14-1.

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