New York Islanders Offered Every Pick for Ryan Murray

By Emma Harger

Ryan Murray, the Everett Silvertips defenseman who was drafted second overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2012 NHL draft, could very well have become part of the New York Islanders if this unbelievable deal had actually happened.

The Islanders are apparently so hungry for defense that, according to many sources, they offered up every single one of their 2012 picks for the chance to move up two slots in the first round and take Murray. This was reportedly not the brainchild of Islanders general manager Garth Snow, but rather the bright idea of team owner Charles Wang, who was seen on the draft floor milling around and talking to other GMs.

If this had happened, Columbus would have had 12 different 2012 picks at their disposal, plus a potential 13th if they wanted to use the first-round pick from the Los Angeles Kings. (They didn’t.) With 12 potential selections at their discretion, the Blue Jackets’ upcoming development camp would be a very crowded development camp indeed.

Of course, this big deal didn’t happen and things went pretty well for both teams in the draft. Murray went to Columbus and the Islanders picked defenseman Griffin Reinhart with the number four selection. The Blue Jackets used subsequent picks to get two goalies, two right-wingers and another defenseman. The Islanders used every single pick they had (seven in total) on defensemen, plus they made a trade for Lubomir Visnovsky, a veteran blueliner.

Columbus GM Scott Howson did say in very vague terms that he had a very attractive trade offer to consider before the draft, though he didn’t specify if that attractive trade was this potential ‘everything must go’ deal.

For the record, the only time a team has done something like this, that I can think of, is when the St. Louis Blues refused to participate in the 1983 draft because the league had blocked their proposed relocation to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. But that was a different story, of course.

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