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San Jose Trades D-man Murray to Penguins for Two 2nd Round Picks


Sharks and Penguins press releases after the jump:


SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired second round selections in the 2013 and 2014 NHL Drafts from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Douglas Murray.

"We have tremendous respect for Douglas as a hockey player and a person," said Wilson. "He has been a warrior for our hockey club for the past eight seasons and he has been in the Sharks family for the past 14 years. This deal places Douglas in a quality situation which he deserves."

Murray was originally selected by San Jose in the eighth round (241st overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He leaves ranked 13th in games played (451) on the Sharks all-time list, posting 59 points (six goals, 53 assists), 361 penalty minutes and a +32 rating.

He also appeared in 57 Stanley Cup Playoff games with San Jose, 11th most in franchise history, where he notched ten points (two goals, eight goals).

Penguins Acquire Defenseman Douglas Murray from San Jose in Exchange for a 2013 Second-Round Draft Pick and a 2014 Conditional Second-Round Draft Pick

GOALS: 0 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 3
SOG: 13 | +/-: -8
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Douglas Murray from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2013 second-round draft pick and a 2014 conditional second-round draft pick, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Murray has spent his entire eight-year career with San Jose. This season he has collected three assists and 26 penalty minutes while averaging 17:08 minutes in 29 games for the Sharks.


Murray, 33, was leading San Jose with 64 blocked shots this season. His 56 hits were the most among team defensemen. Murray was also averaging 2:53 shorthanded minutes per game, the second-highest total on the team.

Murray, who hails from Bromma, Sweden, has played 451 career regular-season games for San Jose, notching six goals, 53 assists, 59 points and a plus-32 rating. His best season came in 2009-10 when he established career highs in games played (79), goals (4), assists (14) and points (17).


Murray, who was originally drafted by the Sharks in the eighth round (241st overall) of the 1999 NHL Draft, has appeared in 57 career playoff games with San Jose, tallying 10 points (2G-8A).

Murray has previously represented Team Sweden at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2008 World Championships. Before joining the Sharks, he played four seasons of college hockey at Cornell between 1999-2003.

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NHLJeff's avatar

Pending what’s going the other way, LOVE it. He’s exactly what the Pens need.

Posted by NHLJeff from Denver on 03/25/13 at 01:25 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Ugh.  In the space of 24 hours, two of my ten favorite non-Wings become Pens.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/25/13 at 01:43 PM ET

Tony's avatar

Per Bruce Garrioch:

The Sharks got two second round picks but the second pick is conditional if Murray doesn’t re-sign with Pens. #NHL

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 03/25/13 at 01:46 PM ET


Really loving both of these moves.  Shero doing his work early.  I like it.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 03/25/13 at 01:48 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Murray is a real good fit for the Pens, but my first thought was that two second round picks seems steep. The fact that one of them is conditional definitely makes me think this is a real good deal for both teams. It seems like (assuming he fits in and plays well) the Pens should be able to afford to re-sign him, which really helps their long-term depth on D. And the Sharks can turn two second-rounders into two really good players.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 03/25/13 at 01:50 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Shero’s tearin’ it up.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/25/13 at 01:58 PM ET


Shero’s tearin’ it up

I prefer Ken Holland’s approach…rather than being proactive, just wait until things turn to shit and THEN make your big moves. Oh wait…

Posted by godblender on 03/25/13 at 02:12 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

To be fair to Holland, Morrow and Murray are both examples of West-East trades.  If Detroit were to land either of these guys, it probably would have cost them significantly more, if it would happen at all.

Posted by Hootinani on 03/25/13 at 02:27 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Shero’s making up for last season.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 03/25/13 at 03:02 PM ET


why am i not as excited about these two trades as most wings fans seem to be?  I admit i do not watch as much western hockey as eastern, but i watch enough to know old and slow…. and both these guys seem to fit that category for me.

Lets hope i am wrong.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 03/25/13 at 03:09 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

A second rounder and a conditional second rounder? They’d be lucky if either develop into a roster player at the NHL level, but the potential is there. This is a really nicely packaged deal.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/25/13 at 03:29 PM ET


Murray has been terrible for the Sharks this season.  It’s addition by subtraction, really.  And now the coaches can’t keep him in the lineup over Braun or Demers—or keep him paired with Brad Stuart.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 03/25/13 at 05:14 PM ET

Tony's avatar

IMO, Murray fills the type of D-man the Penguins have needed for quite a few years now….

A rugged, physical (some say borderline dirty?) defenseman that has no problem with knocking someone directly on his ass….

Some might say that the Pens already have had that for several years with Orpik, but those big hits have been farther and farther apart as he’s gotten older….

Nobody should expect Murray to be a top-flight D-man, but rather being the TYPE of D-man they’ve been looking for…..

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 03/25/13 at 05:39 PM ET


I love Doug Murray. Not sure I’ve ever seen him shoot or pass a puck, but what’s not to like about adding Grendel to your blueline. Tank on skates.

And hey, if hockey in Pittsburgh doesn’t work out for him, I’m sure the Steelers could use an angry 300 pound norse raider on defense.

Posted by larry on 03/25/13 at 07:30 PM ET

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