CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames were looking to add some depth and insurance to their blueline and Douglas Murray was looking for another opportunity.
The Flames announced on Friday that Murray would be suiting up for the morning skate on a try-out basis before their contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
I said to my agent that I feel great and have a lot of hockey left in me so see if I can find an opportunity somewhere. - Douglas Murray
Calgary GM Brad Treliving insisted the move was purely to add some insurance to the Flames' blueline going forward.
"We brought Douglas Murray on on a try-out and that's really all it is," Treliving stated. "We're going to take a look at Doug over the course of the next couple of days to see if there's a chance, potentially, where he can help us down the stretch -- nothing more, nothing less."
The 35-year-old Murray spent the better part of eight seasons patrolling the blueline for the San Jose Sharks before he was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2013 trade deadline. Murray then signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens the following summer and suited up for 53 games with the Habs last season.
"He played a long time in the league, he's been over in Europe and finished over in Germany this year," Treliving said. "There's really no timetable for when we will make a decision, we don't know. We'll probably go the next three, four, five days to kind of see where he's at, and where his game is at and see if there is a way to get him up to speed.
"We're just looking at all avenues to see if there's a way that he could potentially give us some depth on the blueline."
There were no takers when he became an unrestricted free agent on July 1 last summer so he packed his bags and took his services to Germany and played eight games with the Cologne Sharks before they were eliminated from the post-season.
"I was looking for a job and I needed to play hockey somewhere so I went to Germany and really re-committed my fitness level and lost a lot of weight," Murray said after partaking in the Flames' morning skate. "I wanted to do whatever I could to get back here. We missed the playoffs with that team [in Germany] and I became available.
"I feel great... obviously I haven't played a lot of hockey. I said to my agent that I feel great and have a lot of hockey left in me so see if I can find an opportunity somewhere."
During his NHL tenure, Murray was known for his physical play and used his large frame to his advantage. Weighing in at over 240-pounds, he was never a fast player and with the ever-increasing speed of the league, found himself out of a job.
"I feel like I have a lot of hockey left to play," Murray said. "I've recommitted myself physically and I've obviously been put in a position where it's a big backtrack in my career and that's something I want to adjust. It's an opportunity for me to prove my worth in this league again.
"At the end of the day I still love playing and competing and this gives me an opportunity to do that."
Murray dropped 15 pounds during his time in Germany and focused on his fitness in an attempt to possibly get back to the NHL.
"The big thing was the fitness level, we did a lot of skating and I lost about 15-pounds in the two months I was there. I think more than anything, it was a great wake up call to see and appreciate what you had playing over here. I didn't take anything for granted but the appreciation comes to a whole new level.
"I was always committed but you realize you have to work that much harder."
Whether he earns a roster spot on the Flames blueline or not is yet to be determined, but Murray won't be taking this opportunity for granted.
"I'm excited to say the least. It's been a strange season for me and obviously the NHL is the place I want to play. I've got an opportunity here so I want to make the most of it."