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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Matt Murley has accepted his qualifying offer, it was announced today by Penguins General Manager Craig Patrick. In accordance with club policy, terms of the contract were not released.

Murley, 25, has appeared in 18 National Hockey League games in his career, recording two points (1+1) and 14 penalty minutes. He has played in 216 career games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) during the last three seasons, recording 135 points (48+87) and 135 penalty minutes.

The 6-1, 206 pound left wing played in 80 games during the 2004-05 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 41 points (17+24) and 55 penalty minutes and ranking second on the team in plus/minus (+16). He was tied for fifth on the team in goals and ranked seventh in assists and points. Murley was one of only six players to appear in all 80 games for the Baby Penguins during the regular season and was a plus or even in 61 of those 80 games. He collected two or more points in seven games during the season and posted a season-high nine-game points streak (5+9), December 11, 2004-January 5, 2005. Murley also tallied three goals in 11 playoff games for Wilkes-Barre.

Murley, a native of Troy, New York, was drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round (51st overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

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