NHL Free Agency: Why All Eyes Will Be on the Anaheim Ducks in 2013

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NHL Free Agency: Why All Eyes Will Be on the Anaheim Ducks in 2013
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General manager Bob Murray may have difficult decisions to make this season.

The misery of 2011-12 is over for the Anaheim Ducks.

After making the playoffs in five of the previous six seasons, the Ducks found themselves on the outside looking in last year.

Head coach Randy Carlyle was fired and replaced by Bruce Boudreau, who had been fired by Washington just a couple of days before he was brought on board in Anaheim.

The Ducks never found any consistency last year and the team finished 13th in the Western Conference and 25th overall.

The Ducks have won their first two games in 2013 and while that gives them some hope that they may turn things around, it's not enough to mean the team is off to a significant start.

General manager Bob Murray will have to react quickly this year if his team can't sustain early success. Two of his best players will be free agents at the end of the season and that could trigger several moves for the team.

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