Monday, March 25, 2013

Penguins Acquire Douglas Murray From Sharks

A little (really) late on this but as I am sure you heard the Penguins were wheeling and dealing again today as they hooked up with the San Jose Sharks this time and got defenseman Douglas Murray for a 2013 second round pick and a 2014 conditional second round pick that will be a second rounder only if the Penguins resign Murray or they reach the second round of the playoffs.

I am sure you got all the info you need on Murray but the nuts and bolts are that he is a big (6'3, 240 pounds) and very physical defensive minded player. The Penguins haven't really had someone like this since Hal Gill so this was met with a lot of excitement from Penguins fans.

Here is a rundown of Murray's stats throughout his career:

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TOI ATOI
2005-06 25 SJS 34 0 1 1 3 27 0 0 0 0 21 0.0 472 13:53
2006-07 26 SJS 35 0 3 3 0 31 0 0 0 0 18 0.0 377 10:46
2007-08 27 SJS 66 1 9 10 20 98 1 0 0 0 48 2.1 1153 17:28
2008-09 28 SJS 75 0 7 7 6 38 0 0 0 0 56 0.0 1249 16:39
2009-10 29 SJS 79 4 13 17 3 66 3 1 0 1 85 4.7 1607 20:20
2010-11 30 SJS 73 1 13 14 5 44 1 0 0 0 102 1.0 1432 19:37
2011-12 31 SJS 60 0 4 4 3 31 0 0 0 0 71 0.0 1103 18:23
2012-13 32 SJS 29 0 3 3 -8 26 0 0 0 0 13 0.0 497 17:09
Career 451 6 53 59 32 361 5 1 0 1 414 1.4 7889 17:29
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/25/2013.

This won't really show you everything you need to know but he is a big part of the penalty kill which was really good for San Jose and he blocks a lot of shots. Mostly he will be brought in to be the physical presence that the Penguins don't have and you have to assume that both Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun are pretty happy that they might be able to pick up a few more pucks without guys right in their grill.

Murray is on the last year of his deal and will be a UFA at the end of the season. He is 33 years old and his best days are behind him. He doesn't skate particularly well nor does he carry the puck well but that isn't why the Penguins got him. It will be interesting to see how he fits in with the team and how the pairings might shake out.

The Penguins will have nine healthy d-men once Kris Letang comes back as he will be joined by Murray, Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin, Matt Niskanen, Deryk Engellend, Simon Despres, Mark Eaton, and Robert Bortuzzo. That is some serious depth. I know a lot of people are going to be talking about who might get sent down but that might not be a problem as the 23-man roster limit is only a problem until the trade deadline passes in about a week. So I would assume that Letang and Evgeni Malkin will sit a little longer (at least the week) until the rosters open up and they don't have to worry about losing someone like Bortuzzo through waivers.

Overall I know a ton of people love this deal but I am a little more on the fence about it. I think it is a nice depth move and overall draft picks aren't the end all be all but it seems a little steep for a guy who hasn't been really good. That being said the Sharks aren't very good and getting pair (possibly) with someone like Paul Martin could really help his game in a big way.

But honestly who I am to judge? Ray Shero has done nothing short of an outstanding job of getting the Penguins what they need and if he feels it is a good move then it is probably a good move. The Penguins are playing for a Cup this year and I can't blame them. It's going to be a fun ride.

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