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Carlyle doesn't expect changes

November 14, 2008|Chris Foster | Foster is a Times staff writer.

The day after Brian Burke stepped down as Ducks general manager, Coach Randy Carlyle said the switch to Bob Murray would have little impact on his staff or in the team dressing room.

"Bob was the guy I talked with the most," Carlyle said. "There is a history of communication with one another and I don't think that is going to change."

Burke on Wednesday voluntarily handed the reins to Murray, who was the team's vice president of hockey operations. And while Burke will remain with the team as an advisor, Murray and Carlyle have been close since the days they were with the Canucks organization, when Murray was a professional scout for the Vancouver club and Carlyle was the coach for Manitoba, a Canucks minor league team.

When Burke, a former Vancouver GM, was hired by the Ducks in 2005, he turned around and brought both men to Anaheim.

"I saw a lot of Bob when I was in Manitoba," Carlyle said. "Our families became close. His daughter and my daughter both have equestrian interests. He comes over a lot and seems to like the steak I cook. As for hockey, he has always been a supporter and he's been in on things here since day one."

As for the players, Carlyle said he addressed the team and told them that Burke's leaving "is like a guy playing out his option. They understand that because it happens all the time. It should have no effect on their ability to bring their 'A' game."

Injury updates

After skating on his own eight of the last nine days, left wing Brad Larsen returned to practice Thursday. He underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia on Oct. 3.

"It's coming along," Larsen said. "Every day it feels a little better. I'm doing a lot of stuff to get my legs back on the ice."

There is still no timetable for Larsen's return. He was expected to be out six weeks at the time of the surgery.

"That was more a guess-timate," Larsen said. "Some guys come back early, some guys take another week."

Left wing Brad May, out two weeks with a sprained knee, is closer to returning. Carlyle said May "is available" while May said, "I feel better now."

Hybrid telecast

Responding to criticism of its Rinkside View telecasts of Kings and Ducks games on FS West and Prime Ticket, Fox executives said they would modify the format for the teams' game Sunday at Anaheim.

The telecast will include traditional and experimental camera angles. Reaction will be taken into account in deciding the format of the remaining Rinkside View telecasts. The Kings have six such designated games left and the Ducks have seven. For more details, go to the Fabulous Forum.

Times staff writer Helene Elliott contributed to this report.

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chris.foster@latimes.com

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