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Anaheim Ducks Officially Hire Pat Verbeek as General Manager

Pat Verbeek has been hired by the Anaheim Ducks to serve as the team’s next general manager.

Reports on Wednesday evening, by both TSN’s Pierre LeBrun and The Athletic’s Eric Stephens suggested the Anaheim Ducks were likely to name Pat Verbeek the team’s next general manager. On Thursday that news became official as the hockey club shared that Verbeek had been hired.

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In a statement released by the team, Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli note:

“Susan and I are delighted to welcome Pat Verbeek to our community to guide our hockey club as the next General Manager of the Anaheim Ducks. Pat’s outstanding work ethic and vast knowledge of the game as a successful executive and player throughout his 35-plus years in the NHL make him an outstanding fit to lead us forward. He brings a unique pedigree, having vast experience and serving in integral leadership roles for championship teams as both a player and executive at the NHL level.”

The experience the owners are talking about is 35 years as an NHL pro, 16 of which were in the NHL and many alongside a very respected executive in Steve Yzerman. LeBrun wrote on Wednesday, that the former NHLer has worked in Tampa and Detroit and “Seems primed and ready for this opportunity.” Verbeek spent the last three seasons as Assistant General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings (2019-22).

Verbeek also commented on the hiring and said it was an honor to be the team’s next GM. He noted, “My family and I are looking forward to becoming part of the Orange County community” and he thanked the owners for a first-class experience during this process and belief in his vision.

What Is the First Order of Business For Verbeek?

The new GM will have some key decisions to make and early on in his tenure. The Ducks are in a playoff spot — which few likely would have expected at the start of the season — and have some key pending UFAs on the roster. Do they keep them and try to get them signed? Do they trade them for picks and prospects? Among the names Verbeek will have to decide on are Hampus Lindholm, Josh Manson and Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf.

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