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Trade: Pens keep dealing, acquire Murray from Sharks

Mar 25, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

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For the second straight day, the Pittsburgh Penguins have added a veteran NHLer for their Cup run.

That was the word on Monday as ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports Pittsburgh acquired defenseman Douglas Murray from San Jose — roughly 24 hours after getting Brenden Morrow from Dallas.

In return, the Sharks will receive two second-round picks from the Penguins (in 2013 and ’14), with the ’14 pick being conditional upon Murray re-signing with the Pens.

If he doesn’t re-sign or if Pittsburgh doesn’t win at least two playoff rounds, it becomes a third-rounder.

Murray, 33, has spent his entire eight-year career with the Sharks after being selected by the club at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Murray was regarded as one of San Jose’s most physical and hard-hitting defensemen. He led the Sharks in hits last year, with 126, and and finished second in blocked shots (143).

The Swedish rearguard also has solid playoff experience, twice going to the Western Conference finals. All told, he’s played in 57 postseason contests, recording 2G-8A-10PTS.

The knock on Murray is his skating ability — he’s not exactly Paul Coffey out there — and, at 33, he’s certainly not getting any quicker.

That said, he will provide a physical presence on a blueline next to Brooks Orpik, who has led the Penguins in hits in each of the last two seasons.

Murray is in the final season of a four-year, $10 million deal signed in 2009, with an annual cap hit of $2.5 million.

  1. packerswin96 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    SOB, that will make the Pens a little bit harder for the Habs to beat them.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Who’d the pens trade?

    • bgrillz - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      two draft picks according to TSN

    • pmac26 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      2 second round picks. 3rd paragraph.

    • DonkeyStick - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Read the artilce before posting dummy

      • bgrillz - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        The original article didn’t have the compensation…lay off him internet tough guy.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Nvm I see it now

  4. mclovinhockey - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Wow for 2 2nd round picks?

    • jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      probably one pick…dont see him resigning unless he blows the hockey world out of the water with his playoff play.

      • edwelsh8 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        The 2014 pick turns into a third if they don’t resign him, so it is 2 picks either way.

  5. Stiller43 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Dont know much about him…any sharks fans have opinions of him?

    At first blush, i dont think i like it…pens have given up like what, 9 goals in their last 8 games?

    • bgrillz - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Adds defensive depth, and a guy who can bang, kill penalties, and block shots. The defense has played much better as of late, but you can never have too much defense and toughness in the playoffs.

    • sjawesome - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Murray is a stay at home defenseman, he can hit like no ones business. His downfall is he is slower than molasses. He can get burned by any average skater in the league. However his defensive positioning is almost always perfect. He’s a good 4th defensemen at best.

      • speedstickmusk - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Hal Gill was slow too but made an impact… hopefully Murrary can do the same

    • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      Watched him beat up on the Hawks for too long now (of course, who doesn’t physically beat up on Chicago) From my perspective Pit is getting a very solid stay at home defenseman.

    • supr49er - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      He is a beast, just pair him with a puck moving Dman and he’ll be fine.

  6. JoeAvg - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I smell silver!

  7. sjawesome - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Great trade by Doug Wilson. Murray is too slow and the sharks need draft picks.

  8. cba77 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Didnt understand the Morrow trade…this trade was made in case they meet up with my Bruins…Orpik and Murray are 2 tough D man that can play

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Beacuse we all know that Boston is the center of the universe. Seems that the Pens have done just fine against your Bruins lately, doesn’t it, though?

    • jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      because they had so much trouble with boston this year so far right? 2-0

  9. comeonnowguys - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Nowadays Murray can hit… and that’s about it.

  10. sjsharks66 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Terrible trade for the sharks. A big defensive player who blocks shots and throws his body around for POSSIBLY two -second round picks.

    God damn wilson…
    Going to miss murray.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      dude, sharks got rid of an older guy and got a 2nd round pick in return (doubt pens re-sign him with all the young talent they already have on the blue line). not a bad deal for the sharks who are looking past this season’s failures…they arent contenders so why hold onto someone you are gonna lose in the offseason anyway?

      • sjsblitz - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Murray lead us in hits and blocked shots, good on the PK……..however hes slow as $h1t and has been keen on giveaways lately. We have an overage of D men anyways and Pittsburgh is getting someone thats not afraid to sacrifice his body. Good trade for both teams imo

    • hy3rid28 - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      We all know your a penguins fan making it sound like they got the better end of the deal. Enough with the BS man just change your name

  11. jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    man i dont get it but ok. eaton has been good, a little slow but solid. unless they arent expecting letang back any time soon i guess? who will be the odd man out? engelland? and then who will sit when letang comes back too? eaton? niskanen has been good and physical, despres earned his spot and orpik, martin are not going anywhere. the way the pens have been playing defensively 8 gaa in 7 games, i didnt expect this at all. high price to pay as well…

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Some truth to that. But most people agreed that the Pens needed fine-tuning. Eaton has done well, Engo hasn’t played great, Despres, in my opinion, is outstanding – but the defense could use to be a little thumpier.

      Also, keep in mind that last year Shero did nothing…said he “like the team the way it is” – and they went out in the first round. He’s given up some drafts, but only one prospect.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        i just hate it when you have guys putting in their time and gaining confidence only to get bumped down the order by a new face. i could see it being engelland getting bumped but man i hope its not despres. i honestly think the pens keep engelland in there for protection and intimidation more than anything anyway.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        I agree, I’m thinking that Morrow being traded means we’re planning to keep Letang and Despres, though, which is good. The other thing is (and I don’t know how I feel about it), it’s possible he’s not quite done making moves – Martin could still be the odd man out via trade – but I do think that he’s been playing well and would be necessary for a legitimate cup run. I just wonder if he’s done!

      • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Martin has a NMC. Doubt he’s gonna waive it when he’s on a roster like this. Plus, he’s been playing great. He’s actually been better than Letang at times with that top PP unit.

      • killerpgh - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        Martin has a NMC, but only a limited NTC. I think it is 6 teams he can reject a trade to. But it might be 8 teams. It came out last year at the draft when he rejected a trade to the Islanders. Either way he can be traded to atleast 21 other NHL teams, but I don’t see it happening until next season (if ever) because his 5 million cap hit might become a cap causality when Malkin and Letang’s extensions hit the books.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        Agreed – he’s been way too good to move this year anyway, just trying to think through all the moves in a way that mean Despres is staying in the bigs. Not sure what their plans are for Bortuzzo, I guess just bench-surfing until injuries occur.

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      With the way injuries happen in the NHL, especially in the playoffs, this a great move. We still have a good amount of draft picks and the 2014 pick is conditional if he resigns after this year. I’d rather have too many NHL quality defenseman then not enough come playoff time.Fun time to be a pens fan. Shero is going all out to win the cup this year and hes not sacrificing a whole lot to do it either.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        You’re absolutely right. The Pens need depth on the backend, and eventhough Eaton has played well, Murray is better. They need insurance just in case Letang misses more time than expected or re-injures himself. It’s a solid pickup, at a hefty price, but still solid. Although those picks will be at the end of the 2nd round (maybe 3rd) so it’s not a huge loss. When I saw the headlines I thought maybe Shero had to give up another D prospect, but since he didn’t there isn’t much downside to the deal. If I was San Jose I would’ve asked for one of the Pens young blueliners. But anyway, the rich get richer.

  12. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I like this pick-up especially given the two first rounders we had last year don’t mind losing a second round pick or two.

    I think Murray adds a nice dimension to the team from a physical standpoint. Right now we have a host of defensemen who are athletic and have good puck skills, but not many thumpers (other than Orpik).

    Orpik – Martin
    Letang – Murray
    NIskanen – Despres
    Engo and/or Eaton available for when you need to dress seven or if you want to show a slightly more athletic look.

    • miketoasty - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      I already read that Murray is going to be Niskanen’s partner on the 3rd line. I am going to assume that Eaton and Engelland are the odd men out though, but only time will tell.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Not shocking that they’d pair him with Nisky – kind of a Letang light given the skating and puck ability.

        Just curious, where did you see that?

      • miketoasty - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Rob Rossi via Twitter, follow a bunch of people on their to keep up with rumors and such, found out about the trade before any websites had it up. Great world we live in now a days.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Hmm – looks like Dejan is suspecting he’ll be with Niskanen too. No argument here.

        Yeah I love all of the Trib Guys – Rossi, Kovacevic, PG guys too.

  13. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Even people in Pittsburgh differed on whether the Pens needed a big, stay at home defenseman, or a winger….so in the last two days Shero’s brought in a winger AND a stay at home defenseman, two decent players, and has given up all of ONE prospect.

    Nice, Ray.

  14. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Wow, he will be missed by Sharks fans. I’m shocked ! Pens are clearly building for the playoffs, Murray is a pysical force out there

  15. sjsharks66 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM


    Pens probably send Despres back down. The pens D is STACKED especially with Murray for the PK. I cant see them getting rid of Engel or Eaton either.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      I think if they send Despres down there will be rioting…and I don’t really see it anyway. He’s done very well. I think Engelland, Eaton, Bortuzzo, and either Murray or Despres might rotate seats, though.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        The only issue is that Despres doesn’t need to clear waivers so that may be the reason, not necessarily the play.

  16. blackandyellow71 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Why do other GM’s even answer when Shero calls. He could turn the Pirates into contenders.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      I ask myself the same thing. I was shocked that Dallas was even still on speaking terms with Shero. I guess when he dangles a prospect like Morrow it’s easy to get a bite. It’ll only pay off if it ends in a silver cup, though. In Shero We Trust.

  17. gregman98 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Mike: Why reference Paul Coffey?

    Stealing from THN???

    “Will never be confused with Paul Coffey in terms of his offensive ability.”

  18. ironman721 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Pens tried that fast paced crap last year and got beat by Philly. These trades say they are going to line up and take their shots but protect the goaltender on the back end. I like it! They can play any style they want now. Team is deep!

  19. norcalsportsknowledge - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    This one hurts! He’s one of the biggest hitters in the game. He’s slow and makes bad passes late in games, but when he’s on the ice players need to know where he’s at always. You need his toughness in the playoffs and Pittsburg fans will love him. I went to games to watch Murray. Now Clowe is SJ last tough guy, this team is way too soft. Good luck Murray, you play the game right!

  20. theageofquarrel - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Ray said last night Depres is not going anyway. That probably leaves Engelland as most likely the odd man out.

  21. djamesbart - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    How can you not LOVE this trade?
    Pens just got bigger, tougher & meaner.

  22. jaybaileys - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I hope this guy is as big a hitter as you guys are saying. The Pens really needed a stay at home guy bad. They may be playing better defensively this can only help. If they don’t make a deep run now, Disco Dan will be hung out to dry. Shero is telling everyone we are going for it try and keep up with us. Not saying they’ll win it all but this is looking alot like the setup to the 09 playoffs.

    • pandorasdadca - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      He is. You’ll love watching him throw his body around. He is a solid D man and was one of my favorite guys to watch play just because when someone else goes to hit Dougie Murray, they usually go down, not him.

  23. gamechanger87 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    He we go again with the genious Shero working his magic, can’t wait to save my spot on east carson street for the Cup parade. Hopefully this time I remember to wear my toe-running shoes so im comfy watching Sid raise it higher than 09.

  24. richie500 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    The Pens just got tougher, bigger, and grittier the last two days, love it.
    Now they can rotate 8 d-men to stay rested for a cup run.
    This depth they just added is invaluable!

  25. theageofquarrel - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Too bad the parade would be downtown like in ’09. But I get the point. Also it’s a little early to be talking parades and whatnot.

  26. buckeye044 - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Salarycapwise, where are the Pens? Who will be left out when the cap goes down next year?

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      They’ve still got just over 6 million in cap space this season. Morrow and Murray are both done at the end of the year. Shero is gonna be a busy, busy man this summer. Dupuis, Kunitz, Geno, Letang, Adams, Orpik, Niskanen, Jeffrey, Engelland, Cooke, Sutter, and TK are all eligible for either contract extensions or free agency starting this summer.

      • zico25 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        We just signed Niskanen to a deal last year I believe.

        Only Cooke, Dupuis, Kennedy, Adams, Jeffrey, and Eaton will be UFA/RFA. You can include Morrow and Murray if you’d like to that, but we just acquired them as rentals in the past 24 hours.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:17 AM

        It was only a 2 year deal, though. He’s signed through 2013-14, so he’s eligible for an extension starting July 2013.

  27. gamechanger87 - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    No doubt, the victory Cup parade will weave thru the golden streets of Pittsburgh, more than likely June 17th. We will be praising Shero and his gamechanging plucking of other teams talent and laughing at their sorrows. Now where are my toe-shoes?….

  28. 49erscott - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Doug Murray is half the player he was two years ago. Big? Yes. I’d say its a fair swap imho.

  29. ruffridin - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Let the re old in SJ begin. Boyle next

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