We recently became aware of accusations of improper professional conduct against Bob Murray. After internal review, we enlisted Shephard Mullin to perform an independent investigation. Upon recommendation from their initial findings, we have decided to place Bob on administrative leave pending final results. In the interim, Vice President of Hockey Operations and Assistant General Manager Jeff Solomon will assume the role of Interim General Manager. We will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.
The team did not release any information in regards to the investigation. Solomon, who will take over for the time being, was only hired by the Ducks a few months ago after spending the first 14 years of his front office career with the Los Angeles Kings. When hired, his role was to “oversee strategic budget planning in relation to the NHL’s CBA and the salary cap, contract and arbitration negotiation, and player evaluation. Though he has never held the role of general manager, Solomon is no newcomer to the NHL. Before his stint with the Kings, he was an agent for nearly two decades.
Murray meanwhile has been with the Ducks since 2005 and took over as GM during the 2008-09 season. He has been in NHL front offices for nearly three decades, starting out as the director of player personnel with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1991, soon after his 1,008-game playing career had ended.
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