It doesn’t sound like the Anaheim Ducks will have a new head coach Sunday at home versus Nashville.
In a statement to reporters (including Eric Stephens of the O.C. Register), GM Bob Murray didn’t hide his disappointment with his team’s performance; however, he expects Bruce Boudreau to turn the 1-7-2 group around.
“I really don’t like commenting on rumors but I will say this,” said Murray. “We were one game away from the final just five months ago. So while this has been a terrible start, I’m not inclined to make rash changes. I’m going to be patient.
“That said, we are severely under-performing as a group. I can’t recall a time where a vast majority of our players have underachieved simultaneously, and I fully expect a turnaround.”
Murray has decent reason to believe things will get better for the Ducks, who aren’t going to score on just 3.6 percent of their shots all season. Anaheim is also lucky enough to be in the Pacific Division, by far the worst division in the league.
Still, this is a team that many were picking to win it all this year, and now it’s already trailing badly in the race to make the playoffs.
The Ducks play six of their next seven at home. If things haven’t turned around by the end of that stretch, it’s hard to see Murray’s patience lasting.