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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have claimed center Marty Murray off waivers from Philadelphia and have placed defenseman Brent Sopel on the injured reserve (retroactive to November 4) due to a foot injury, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Murray, 31, has 15 points (2-13=15) and four penalty minutes in 11 games this season with the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate. The 5-9, 180-pound native of Deloraine, Manitoba, has 71 points (31-40=71) and 37 penalty minutes in 242 career NHL regular season games with the Flyers, Carolina and Calgary. He was originally selected by Calgary in the fourth-round (96th overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

Sopel, 29, has nine points (4-5=9) and four penalty minutes in 14 games with the Kings this season. The 6-2, 205-pound native of Calgary has missed the last two Kings games due to injury. Originally selected by Vancouver in the sixth-round (144th overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Sopel has 162 points (38-124=162) and 203 penalty minutes in 384 career NHL regular season games with the Kings, New York Islanders, Ottawa and Vancouver.

The Kings continue a five-game homestand by hosting San Jose at STAPLES Center Monday night at 7:30 p.m. The contest will air on FSN West, KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network.

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