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Murray: Ducks 'won't be the same team'

Murray: Ducks 'won't be the same team'

ANAHEIM -- Bob Murray knew what he wanted to be doing on Tuesday night, and it wasn't taking part in a late-morning media scrum while players shuffled about around him.

The plan for the Ducks general manager was to be up in his box high up in Honda Center, watching his team take on the Kings in an inaugural playoff matchup that would have captivated any and maybe every Southern California hockey fan.

But after the Ducks lost to Detroit in Game 7 on Sunday night, Murray plainly broke down how a first-round knockout would not cut it in a year when they captured a division title.

"I didn't expect to be having meetings with players at this moment," Murray said. "We got beat. We got schooled. We got schooled by a very good playoff team. They schooled us from top to bottom.

"That’s something we have to deal with going forward. We got beat."

The Ducks have their share of foundation players to take them forward but Murray vowed that they won't look the same for the 2013-14 season when they get back to playing 82 games.

"As I’m standing here today, I’m telling you it won’t be the same team next year," Murray said. "We made a lot of good steps. We got a lot of good kids.

"It will not be the same team next year, I promise you that. It’s not good enough. Just not good enough."

The futures of Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu will be a key question in the coming weeks. Selanne and Koivu said they will take some time before deciding whether to continue on playing.

Retirement appears to edge closer for the 42-year-old Selanne but the winger said it is too soon to talk about that.

"This is not the time to think about it right now," Selanne said. "I need more time. But (I'm) obviously very disappointed about how things finished up here. It’s going to be even worse when you start watching the next round. That’s when it’s going to hit even more."

Koivu said he will need at least a few days to "not think about hockey" before starting to assess his plans.

"I’ve always wanted to kind to get my plans clear the sooner the better," he said. "But we'll probably talk. First of all, I have to think about what I want to do for next year and meet with the team and see what their plan is for next year.

"But right now, I haven’t really made up my mind yet. I'm going to have to take some time off."

The Ducks have been patient with Selanne in recent years, leaving it up to their franchise icon to make the call on returning to the team. Selanne is hoping that their conversations have a similar tone in the coming weeks.

"It has been like that and hopefully that’s the case in the future too," he said. "They have been unbelievable with me. It has been fun. There's so much respect for both sides. I think that has been the case and hopefully that’s the case in the future."

Koivu said "the frustration and disappointment is still there" almost 48 hours after losing Game 7 at home.

"You've got to learn from the experience and hopefully when next year comes around, you can turn those things around and you can win a series when you have a chance to put it away," Koivu said. "And that’s the frustrating part.

"Because you feel that we had every opportunity to do it and go into the second round and still be playing."


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