It’s not exactly a vacation in a tropical locale (at 27-degrees and snowing as of post time), and the Bruins will have to play their second game this week against the surging Buffalo Sabres, but as far as Murray’s concerned, it’s just the trip he needs.
A hip flexor injury took the B’s right-winger out of the game until three days ago, when he finally returned to practice.
“[I’ve] skated hard for…three pretty hard practices,” Muzz said. “It’s been fairly good. My skating legs aren’t quite with me yet, but that takes time.”
Head coach Claude Julien is confident that Murray will be returning soon.
“It’s probably just a matter of making the decision [Friday] or Saturday, and hopefully one of those two games, he’ll be able to come back,” he said. “We’ll look at it closely tomorrow, and I guess make an educated decision at that time.”
The forward has missed 19 games because of his injury. His last game was over a month ago, on December 20, when the B’s played the Pittsburg Penguins.
Before being sidelined, he’d played 34 games this season, garnering 10 goals and 9 assists.
Murray is pleased with how his teammates have been doing while he’s been absent.
“The team’s been playing great, and…the last five or six weeks, they’ve played great hockey,” he said. “We’ve lost two in a row, but…besides that, they’ve played some great team hockey.
“They’ve…just picked up their game, skating, working hard, and I think we just have to continue that in the next few months.”
Muzz also had kind words for the B's rookies.
“They’ve been put in roles that maybe they didn’t think they’d be into this early in their careers,” he said. “They’ve played great.”
But Murray is more than ready to get back into the game.
“It’s not much fun when you’re skating by yourself,” he said. “I think being back with the guys and seeing them get ready for the game and understanding how important these games are [is good].
“You get frustrated,” he added. “You want to be out there, be a part of it, help out whenever you can.
“But to see them climb up the standings and [win] games, it helps a little bit.”
And his teammates will be happy to have him return.
“He’s a presence in the locker room,” said Aaron Ward. “When he steps in the locker room, guys respect him, guys listen to him.”
As eager as he is to come back, Murray knows pushing himself too hard could put him back on the bench even longer.
“Muzz has been around for quite a while, and he knows what those types of injuries are all about,” said Coach Julien. “I think the biggest thing will be having a conversation between [Murray] and I and the training staff, and making sure…we make the right decision.”