5 Players the Anaheim Ducks Should Have Held onto

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5 Players the Anaheim Ducks Should Have Held onto
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The Anaheim Ducks were one of the most successful teams in the NHL's post-lockout era. During the past decade, they've only missed the postseason twice, with two of those misses coming in the last three years.

The management of Brian Burke, who joined the team in 2005, proved to be a huge part of the success that the franchise enjoyed for so many years. Luring in star power like Scott Neidermayer and Chris Pronger, re-signing Teemu Selanne and drafting Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry was only the beginning of a building process that seemed to take place over a very short period of time.

Yet, after building a team that seemed poised for long term success, the honeymoon between Burke and the Ducks ended in 2008 as Burke left southern California to take the job of managing the Toronto Maple Leafs. His departure saw Bob Murray take over as Anaheim's general manager, and set off a restructuring of Anaheim's roster that would slowly take place over the next several years. 

During that time, Anaheim sent away most of the core pieces of their 2006-2007 Stanley Cup-winning team for what can only be described as "poor fits" in return. If Bob Murray had the last four years to do over again, I believe these players would have stayed in Anaheim jerseys.

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