Ryan Murray's NHL career has been hampered by multiple injuries, but that isn't stopping the Blue Jackets from counting on the 24-year old, two-way defenseman as a significant piece of the puzzle next season.
After signing a qualifying offer on Saturday as a restricted free agent (RFA), a one-year deal worth $2.825 million, Murray will head into training camp expected to play on the second defense pairing, most likely skating with either David Savard or Markus Nutivaara.
"It's been a good summer," said Murray, who had one goal, 11 assists and 12 points in 44 games last season. "I feel great and I'm getting ready for the upcoming season. We have a good team and I'm looking forward to helping us build off of last year."
He's not the only one. The Blue Jackets are, too, after veteran defensemen Jack Johnson and Ian Cole found new teams via free agency.
"Ryan will be a huge part of the defense now, after losing the veterans [who] departed, and he is one of the reasons we felt we could let them go," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We need him to have a healthy and great season for us and we think that he will."