Thread: Value of: NHL forward for Douglas Murray
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11-22-2013, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by TheJuxtaposer View Post
Murray is atrocious and doesn't belong in the NHL. You won't get anything of value at all.
This, a thousand times this.

Sharks trade Doug Murray

After struggling early in his career by chasing big hits rather than playing defense, he made massive improvements positionally. Of course, he was always an extremely limited player who struggled to move the puck forward. Dan Bylsma will probably have the sense to pair him with someone who can mitigate, rather than exacerbate, his limitations so, in that sense, maybe this deal does make a modicum of sense for Pittsburgh. Who am I kidding, of course it doesn't.
2011-2012 Season Review: Doug Murray

Douglas Murray had the worst full season of his NHL career in 2011-12. And while he's probably not the worst puck-mover in the league, his outlet passing ability is limited on a good day. Although injuries took their toll, Murray was in large part still the same physical own-zone assassin he's made a name for himself around the league for being. The issue was, he was defending all the time this year, his inability to help the Sharks exit the zone cleanly fully exposed.

Put it all together and you've got a defensive defenseman who does more to hurt than help his team when deployed in more difficult defensive situations. That's not a ringing endorsement of Murray as a player and while it certainly bears mentioning that Murray's injuries this season probably contributed to his poor showing, the Sharks can't afford to ice a top-four defenseman who drags down his partner.

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