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Canucks, Murray have talked ‘off and on all summer’: agent

Aug 13, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

Douglas Murray #3 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on April 3, 2013 in New York City.
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Vancouver Canucks day on PHT continues with news the club has had discussions with free-agent defenseman Douglas Murray.

No, it’s not particularly big news. Mostly because the Canucks are hardly the only team that’s been kicking the tires on the veteran rearguard.

“We’ve talked to [the Canucks] off and on all summer,” player agent Anton Thun told The Province. “At this point we’re not close to signing. There are a group of clubs that have interest, so it comes down to the right circumstances and the right dollars. At this point in time there’s a gridlock in terms of cap space and money availability with a number of clubs. Until some of that shakes out and the dominoes start to fall, I think the market is going to be tight. Whenever that starts to shake out, we’ll react accordingly as to what might be the right place.”

Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman confirmed that the club is looking to sign another blue-liner, but said discussions have taken place with “numerous” free agents.

As it stands, Vancouver’s top four defensemen are Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis and Jason Garrison.

The Canucks also have Yannick Weber and rookie Frank Corrado under contract, with the expectation they’ll eventually re-sign restricted free agent Chris Tanev.

A big, physical defender with questionable skating ability, Murray could theoretically replace Andrew Alberts, who is also a big, physical defender with questionable skating ability.

Murray, 33, was traded to Pittsburgh from San Jose in March. In 15 playoff games for the Penguins, he had two goals and one assist while averaging 15:19 of ice time.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    As an ex shark player, and me as a current shark fan. Please don’t play for the Canucks

    • loinstache - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Canucks don’t want him. Article below references several sources, including the SJ blog Fear the Fin which calls him “undoubtedly the team’s worst blueliner this year and last,” to show that he is one of the worst possession blueliners in the league. We don’t want SJ’s aged, ‘never good enough’ waste.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      You’re either with us or against us

    • loinstache - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Uh why is my other post referencing this hidden? are you not allowed to link other sites in posts?

  2. imleftcoast - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I’m not an AHLberts fans, but I thought he was one of the better Canucks in the playoffs. Not that it’s high praise, but his skating wasn’t that bad.

  3. kaptaanamerica - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Murray is purely a depth dman who can handle tough bruising play. Not sure if I’d want him on the team though. Maybe he works against teams like St. Louis or the Kings, but fast teams will skate around the guy..

  4. stinkpretty1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Biggest head in the league(massive melon, look at it). This fella is well respected by players though

  5. ntvd7 - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    He’s a beast…

    I still wonder why they call him “crank shaft”

  6. yougotgirouxed - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    I thought he’d be a good addition to the Flyer’s defense. Veteran, big body, skates ok, plays alot of games.

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