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Pittsburgh Penguins Acquire Defenseman Douglas Murray from San Jose Sharks

Jason O. Watson – USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins just announced that they recently acquired defenseman, Douglas Murray, from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for two draft picks – 2013 second-round and 2014 conditional second-round picks.

Murray was drafted by the Sharks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft in the eighth round (241st overall) and has spent his entire professional career with the organization playing on the San Jose roster beginning with the 2005-06 season.  He’s in the last season of his contract worth $2,500,000 and will become another unrestricted free agent come 2013-14.

He’s a scrapper who’s not afraid to drop the gloves and he has the height and weight to back it up at 6’3, 245 pounds.  It looks like the Penguins are stacking and bulking up for the playoff run to hopefully make a successful run at the Stanley Cup.  We all know you need a little sandpaper to get through the playoffs.

San Jose’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Doug Wilson, has this to say about Murray (via the Sharks’ official webpage):

“We have tremendous respect for Douglas as a hockey player and a person,” said Wilson. “He has been a warrior for our hockey club for the past eight seasons and he has been in the Sharks family for the past 14 years. This deal places Douglas in a quality situation which he deserves.”

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