The Ducks hire the Red Wings assistant. GM Pat Verbeek as Managing Director

Officially now, the Anaheim Ducks have hired Pat Verbeek as their next general manager. Verbeek is leaving the Detroit Red Wings where he has spent the past three years as assistant general manager. Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli released a statement on the rental:

“Susan and I are thrilled to welcome Pat Verbeek to our community to guide our hockey club as the next general manager of the Anaheim Ducks. Pat’s exceptional work ethic and vast knowledge of the game as an executive and successful player throughout his 35+ years in the NHL make him an exceptional candidate to move us forward.He brings a unique pedigree, having extensive experience and serving in integral leadership roles for championship teams as a player and manager at the NHL level.

Verbeek, 57, has a long history of success as a player, scout and manager, being part of Stanley Cup-winning teams at all three levels. He’s been in the front offices alongside Steve Yzerman for the past decade, but now he’ll have the chance to run his own organization.

Replacing Bob Murray, who resigned earlier this year, Verbeek has an interesting challenge ahead of him with the exciting young Ducks squad. There are key elements coming to the end of their contracts this season – Rickard Rakell, Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson are all set to become unrestricted free agents – but the youth of Troy Terry, Trevor Zegras, Jamie Drysdale and others helped the team stay competitive in the Pacific Division. Selling rentals isn’t something playoff contenders do very often, but it would also be hard to watch a player like Lindholm walk away without getting anything in return.

With more than six weeks until the deadline, there’s plenty of time to make those decisions, and Verbeek is coming just as the All-Star break begins, which means he’ll have a few days to acquaint himself with his new staff and its organization. .

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