Summer trending: Pacific Division
July, 25, 2014
By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Chris SzagolaCould the Vancouver Canucks trend upward, despite the loss of Ryan Kesler?The past two seasons the Anaheim Ducks have won consecutive Pacific Division titles, including a 116-point regular season last season that was topped only by the Boston Bruins.
The postseason success hasn’t been there but the team has won enough that some general managers might have been tempted not to mess with the roster too much. Not Bob Murray.
There might not be a more honest evaluator of his own players than Murray. He didn’t look at the near-miss against the Los Angeles Kings in Round 2 and say it was close enough.
He was concerned.
“We didn’t stack up against the big guys well enough to go any farther,” Murray said during a Wednesday phone conversation. “We had to change a few things.”
The addition of Ryan Kesler has been well documented. It was as good a move as anybody made this offseason, with the Ducks capitalizing on Kesler’s short list of destinations -- a credit to where they are as a franchise that Kesler limited the Canucks to Anaheim and Chicago.