The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with 5'9", 180-pound center Marty Murray, according to club General Manager Bob Clarke. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
"Marty played in Germany last season and he had been a very good player for us when he was here a few years ago," said Clarke in making the announcement. "We felt that the way he plays the game, with his brains and quickness, that he fits into the newer mold of a player that's successful in the league now. Also, it gives us some comfort with Keith Primeau and Peter Forsberg and us not knowing about them (due to injury).
"There's nothing not to like about Marty. He can play the power play, he can kill penalties, he can play wing. He's better at center, but he can play anywhere. He's just a complete player that was dragged down because of the rules. When the clutching and grabbing was going on, he wasn't big enough to break through. In today's game, he's going to be a good player for us. I think he fits in with the new rules perfectly."
"We're overwhelmed," said Murray. "We're completely excited to get back to Philadelphia. We loved our two seasons there, both my wife and I. We loved being a part of the Flyers organization. To get a chance to come back, we're very happy and excited. It's hard to put into words, but we're looking forward to joining the Flyers again and doing the best we can.
"Before the lockout, I played in Carolina for a year, and then after the lockout, I ended up signing in Germany and I played over there last season. We enjoyed it, but we were hoping in the back of our minds that we might get a chance to come back into the NHL. Philly was, by far, the best place I've ever played and we're very excited for the season.
"I think that me being a smaller player, that when players tried to get a hand on you or a stick, it was hard to get away from them. Now, they can't do that anymore. Hopefully, I'll be able to use my quickness and be able to be more creative and do whatever I can to help the team out in any capacity at all."
Murray, 31, had seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points and 16 penalty minutes in 24 games for the Hannover Scorpions (Germany) this past season.
A native of Deloraine, Manitoba, Murray has registered 31 goals and 40 assists for 71 points and 37 penalty minutes in 242 career NHL games over parts of seven seasons (1995-96 through 1997-98 and 2000-01 through 2003-04) with the Calgary Flames, the Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. He was traded by the Flyers to Carolina in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft on June 22, 2003. In 150 regular season games over two seasons with the Flyers (2001-02 and 2002-03), Murray recorded 23 goals and 30 assists for 53 points and 23 penalty minutes. He was signed as a free agent by the Flyers on July 9, 2001.
He was originally drafted by Calgary from the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League in the fourth round, 96th overall, of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. In four seasons with the Wheat Kings (1991-92 through 1994-95), Murray posted 132 goals and 260 assists for 392 points and 158 penalty minutes in 264 games. He was named to the WHL East First All-Star Team following the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons and to the Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team following the 1993-94 season.