Just when the Anaheim Ducks are finding their groove, as evidenced by their current five-game undefeated streak, the team finds itself engulfed in an off-the-ice controversy involving Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. Murray resigned Wednesday, a day after he was put on administrative leave amid an investigation that’s apparently focused on a professional conduct issue.

While neither the NHL nor the Ducks have divulged particular details about the investigation, Eric Stephens and The Athletic Staff offered a more specific insight, with the help of insiders, on what exactly the investigation is all about.

Sources close to the team tell The Athletic that the investigation relates to an alleged pattern of verbal abuse toward members of the organization. Murray met with ownership Wednesday after flying home from Vancouver, where he had joined the team for its two-game road trip.

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Prior to his resignation, Murray was a long-time executive of the Ducks. He stepped into the GM role back in 2008, succeeding Brian Burke. Since then, the Ducks have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs a total of eight times, though the team has not made it back to the postseason since 2018.

With Murray out of the team’s front office picture, the Ducks have given interim GM powers to Jeff Solomon, who used to serve as an executive to Anaheim’s divisional rival, Los Angeles Kings.