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Cruel summer: Anaheim Ducks still crushed by early end to their postseason plans

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    Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, top center, wipes his face as team members look on during the third period in Game 7 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (The Associated Press)

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    Detroit Red Wings right wing Patrick Eaves, right, takes a shot at Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller during the second period in Game 7 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (The Associated Press)

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    Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller is scored on by Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula during the second period in Game 7 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (The Associated Press)

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    Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller makes a glove save during the second period in Game 7 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (The Associated Press)

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    Anaheim Ducks right wing Emerson Etem, right, celebrates his goal along with defenseman Bryan Allen during the first period in Game 7 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (The Associated Press)

Two days after Detroit abruptly ended the Anaheim Ducks' season, they still can't believe they're already done for the summer.

The second-seeded Ducks expected a long playoff run after winning the Pacific Division with the best points percentage in franchise history. None of it helped in their seven-game loss to the Red Wings.

General manager Bob Murray built a potential Stanley Cup contender around cornerstones Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but he promises the same team won't return in the fall. Murray intends to add more toughness and depth while expecting the Ducks' promising young players to get even better.

Teemu Selanne hasn't decided whether he'll be back for a 21st NHL season, and Saku Koivu also plans to wait a few weeks before announcing whether he'll play again.