MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the signing of free agent defenceman Douglas Murray to a one-year contract (2013-14).
“Douglas Murray is an experienced defenceman with good size and is an seasoned veteran. He will bring a physical dimension to our team and is a significant addition to our group of defencemen. We are happy to have him join our organization for the upcoming season,” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
Murray, 33, notched six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in 43 games with the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012-13. He added 35 penalty minutes and averaged 17:69 minutes of ice time per game. The lefthanded defenceman played in all 15 playoff games with the Penguins, notching three points (2-1-3) and 32 penalty minutes.
Since his NHL debut in 2005-06, Murray has recorded 62 points (7 goals, 55 assists) in 465 regular-season games, including 451 games with the San Jose Sharks. The 6’03’’, 245 lbs defenceman has served 370 penalty minutes. He also added 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 72 career NHL playoff contests, and served 78 penalty minutes.
A native of Bromma, Sweden, Murray was selected in the 8th round, 241st overall, by the San Jose Sharks at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
A graduate from Cornell University in the ECAC (1999 to 2003), he was selected to the ECAC First All-Star Team in 2002 and 2003, as well as to the NCAA East First All-American Team in 2003.