Avalanche signal defenseman Murray for one 12 months

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Free-agent defenseman Ryan Murray agreed to a one-year cope with the Colorado Avalanche, the workforce introduced on Monday.

Murray, the No. 2 total choice within the 2012 NHL draft, performed final season with the New Jersey Devils after an offseason commerce from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Murray, 27, performed effectively at instances in New Jersey, however was benched for a stretch whereas the Devils adjusted to new coach Lindy Ruff’s system. He additionally missed time whereas underneath the league’s NHL COVID-19 protocols.

Nonetheless, he had 14 assists in 48 video games and performed with a number of totally different companions because the Devils struggled for consistency after a prolonged COVID-19 pause early within the season. He grew to become expendable this offseason as New Jersey has added three defensemen, together with two of the league’s extra notable acquisitions on the blue line, Dougie Hamilton, who left Carolina on a free-agent deal, and Ryan Graves, acquired from Colorado in a commerce.

Murray has the potential to interchange a lot of these minutes with the Avalanche that Graves leaves behind. Whereas he is not a famous scorer, he might occupy priceless shifts on the penalty kill for a workforce that can be chasing the Stanley Cup.

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“Ryan is an efficient two-way defenseman who can present minutes and added puck motion to our again line,” Avalanche common supervisor Joe Sakic mentioned in an announcement. “We just like the expertise he brings to our locker room, and we’re excited to see him slot in with our group.”

Murray spent seven seasons with Columbus and ranks eighth all-time amongst Blue Jackets defensemen in factors (110). A local of Regina, Saskatchewan, Murray was on a Crew Canada membership in 2016 that gained the IIHF World Championship, and was a member of Crew North America on the World Cup of Hockey in the identical 12 months.

The Avalanche gained the West Division final 12 months with 82 factors, however struggled within the postseason’s second spherical, dropping a collection to Vegas after profitable the primary two video games.

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