The Montreal Canadiens announced Thursday that they had come to terms with free agent defenceman Douglas Murray. TSN reports the deal is worth $1.5 million over one year.
“Douglas Murray is an experienced defenceman with good size and is an seasoned veteran,” Habs GM Marc Bergevin said in a press release. “He will bring a physical dimension to our team and is a significant addition to our group of defencemen. We are happy to have him join our organization for the upcoming season.”
Weighing in at 6’3 and 245 pounds, the 33-year-old Murray was brought in for his ability to defend, not score. In his 465 NHL games, Murray has 65 points, with only 7 goals. But he has a career plus minus of +31 and has 370 penalty minutes.
He also has a reputation as a big hitter, as seen below with this hit on Brian Boyle from last season.
With Murray, the Habs get a big, veteran guy to anchor their defence. While he won’t contribute much offensively, he will help the smaller d-corp clear their own zone and keep pucks away from Carey Price. Alexei Emelin will learn a lot from Murray and this will help his development as the stay-at-home defender of the future.
The Canadiens needed size and with the additions of George Parros and Murray, that need as been filled for the upcoming season.