"But it's extremely exciting going to Pittsburgh, going to the best team in the league already. They always have some great players and I'm just excited to get there, get used to the team and take a run at the Stanley Cup."
Seems like he may have just needed a change.
-- His nickname in San Jose was "crankshaft."
-- He dated Tiger Wood's ex wife.
Murray averages 2:53 of PK ice time per game for the Sharks. Where does the Sharks' PK rank? 4th in the NHL at 86.1%. Compare that to the Pens' 79.3% PK, which is in the bottom third of the league. This right here is a chunk of the reason why this trade went down.
Sorting through the bullshit
This has probably been the worst season of Murray's career. He has been a steady plus player over the course of his life in the NHL. When you have a dogshit captain like Joe Thornton, it is probably hard to get back on track.
Something we read about Murray: he coughs up the puck too much. According to NHL.com's Stats Machine, Murray commits a little over one (1) turnover every 60 minutes played. Again, this thing about turnovers probably came from a disgruntled Sharks fan.
Interesting comparison between Zbynek Michalek and Murrary:
Defensively, Murray is right with Michalek, and he hits more.
Murrary is 240 pounds. His size and playing style are unique in the NHL. Advanced stats don't apply, in our opinion.
What those who knew him best are saying
From Fear the Fin, who are very happy to be rid of him:
It shouldn't be forgotten that Murray gave this team several years of great hockey. As much as he's currently a shell of his former self and has been since the start of the 2011-12 campaign, it was only two years ago that he and Dan Boyle formed an effective shutdown pairing for Todd McLellan. After struggling early in his career by chasing big hits rather than playing defense, he made massive improvements positionally. Of course, he was always an extremely limited player who struggled to move the puck forward. Pairing him with a defenseman who possesses similar flaws in Stuart wasn't doing the big guy any favors and the other areas of his game have steadily deteriorated over the past two seasons.
Brutal. Sharks fans have been through the ringer with the Murray/Stuart pairing. Braid Stuart is very bad so that is no shock.
Hopefully Murray can find something with one of the Pens puck moving D.
Big difference. This move reminds us of Hal Gill. Hell, maybe even Ulf. Murrary is a big fucking monster. If he doesn't work out and all these knocks on him turn out to be too much to overcome, well, the Pens are gonna have 8 defensemen to pick and choose from heading into the playoffs.
The price may have been a little high for a two month rental who is going to play 14-16 minutes a night, but it is the price the Pens had to pay for now.
The move also will put our theory about a Euro Dman in play.