Another day. Another trade with a Pacific Division team.
The Penguins acquired defenseman Doug Murray from the Sharks in exchange for two draft picks. One pick is a 2013 second-round pick. According to ESPN's Pierre Lebrun, the others picks is a second rounder in 2014 based on the Penguins winning two playoff rounds or if they re-sign Murray. If neither occurs, it's a third-rounder in 2014.
Murray, 33, has played in 29 games this season and has recorded three assists along with 26 penalty minutes. A large man (6-foot-3, 245 pounds), Murray has spent the past eight seasons with the Sharks. In 451 career games, he has 59 points (six goals, 53 assists) and 361 penalty minutes.
He is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.5 million. An eight-round pick in 1999, played for Sweden in the 2010 Olympics.
The team also assigned forward Trevor Smith to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
-EN Says: In two days, the Penguins got a little bigger and a little nastier with this trade as well as the deal which brought in Brenden Morrow.
Murray is straight from central casting if you need a tough, physical presence on your blue line. That's exactly what the Penguins needed.
Murray will be a bottom-pairing defenseman who probably won't see more than 16 or 17 minutes a game. He has averaged 17:08 of overall ice time per game this season. He also averaged 2:53 while short-handed.
Don't expect much in the way of offense from Murray. That's just not his game. He hasn't had a goal since Dec. 9, 2010. And how can a player with less than stellar skating ability adjust to a system which relies so much on defensemen in terms of puck retrival?
A few highlights of Murray:
The price to pay for Murray is a bit curious. This could end up being two second-rounder picks. Those are significant assets to deal for a rental player who is not going to be in your top two defensive pairings. That said, there isn't a lot out there on the market as the trade deadline approaches. This is the price of this particular market.
It'll be interesting to see how the Penguins handle the rest of their roster. With Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin on the merge of returning from injured reserve, how will the Penguins get under the 23-man roster limit until the rosters limits expire April 3?
It seems obvious that Beau Bennett and Simon Despres would the two most likely candidates as they don't have to clear waivers. But what do you do with the likes of Dustin Jeffrey, Deryk Engelland and Robert Bortuzzo? Engelland and Bortuzzo are not going to play over the likes of Murray if everyone is healthy. Should the Penguins do what they did with Ben Lovejoy and offer to trade one of those two players as a courtesy?
The Penguins are probably done making major additions to their roster but they're not finished in adjusting their roster.
(Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)