Anaheim knew defending its Western Conference championship wasn't going to be
easy after its surprising run to the Stanley Cup finals this past season. Few
thought the Mighty Ducks would make the challenge more difficult on themselves
by allowing franchise player Paul Kariya to flee as a free agent.
Now that Kariya has joined pal Teemu Selanne in Colorado by signing one-year
contracts totaling $7 million, Mighty Ducks general manager Bryan Murray is left
trying to recover from his decision to make Kariya an unrestricted free agent
and needs to make things right with Anaheim fans.
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