Official Sharks Press Release ~ Toskala, Murray Reassigned
VESA TOSKALA ASSIGNED TO CLEVELAND ON CONDITIONING ASSIGNMENT,
DEFENSEMAN DOUG MURRAY RECALLED
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced that the club has assigned goaltender Vesa Toskala to the Cleveland Barons, the Sharks top development affiliate in the American Hockey League, on a conditioning assignment.
Toskala re-aggravated a groin injury on Nov. 8 at Colorado and was placed on injured reserve the following day. In five games this season, the 28-year-old Toskala has appeared in five games and has a 5.05 goals-against average.
The five-foot-ten, 195-pound goaltender from Tampere, Finland was originally selected in the fourth round (90th overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.
To replace Toskala on the roster, the Sharks have recalled defenseman Doug Murray from Cleveland.
Murray is being called up to the Sharks for the first time in his career. He started the 2005-06 season as one of the alternate captains for Cleveland, appearing in 19 games and scoring a goal on seven assists for eight points with 35 PIM. Murray had the best season of his professional career last year with the Barons by scoring six goals and 17 assists (23 points) in 54 games.
The six-foot-three, 240 pound defenseman from Bromma, Sweden was selected by the Sharks in the eighth round (241st overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Murray played his college hockey at Cornell from 1999-03.
Murray is expected to join the Sharks in time for Friday night's game in Buffalo against the Sabres.
Gorges. Easily. Murray's a great physical presence and a very smart defenseman, but his skating still needs a bit of work. I've really calmed down about him as I've watched him more. He's still going to be an NHL defenseman, but no higher than a 4th. I'll give Kevin Wey that.
Originally Posted by Baron Von Shark
Adam, has Gorges' size been an issue? And btw, someone stole your avatar idea and made a Alfredsson version...
Yeah, I noticed the avy. At least he could be original. I already have the Swedish hockey jesus as my avatar. Get your own, pal.
Anyway, Gorges' size isn't really an issue because he is so sound positionally. He'd have to be paired with a Davison/McLaren because he's not the best at clearing the net, but he's smart. He knows exactly how to position himself along the boards to stop the cycle and he's outstanding at forcing forwards to the outside for low percentage chances. Like I've always said about Gorges is that he's good, but not flashy. If you don't notice him, he's doing his job. If you notice him, it's because he made a mistake. He's just a rock.
It's all of those things that make him more NHL ready. Where Gorges forces the guy around the net, Murray would step up and try to hit him. I have no problem with that, but it's hard to be deceptive on your skates at 6'3" 240. He almost always gets a piece, but, if he doesn't finish his check, then he's out of position and the trailers fire at will (that correlates directly to our forwards not named Josh Hennessy or Tom Cavanagh being too lazy to backcheck). The one thing I will give Murray is that if someone comes to the inside, they will get laid out. Plain and simple. Gorges' skating and puckmoving skills are more NHL ready than Murray's and although Murray's a great physical defenseman, he tends to be a liability a lot more than Gorges. If Murray curtailed his desire to go deep into the offensive corner, or was better able to compensate for it, it would be much closer in comparison.
Christmas came early this year! Joe Thornton and we finally get to see Doug Murray play. Thanks for the info Mr. Brownstone, I'm sure Murray will try to keep it simple during his first couple games. I'm just hoping he kicks Fahey out of the lineup.
Now all that's left is for Toskala to get his game back, so we can trade Nabakov and get another top 4 dman.