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Colorado Avalanche Sign Ryan Murray to one year contract

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Ryan Murray to a one-year contract for the 2021-22 season.

Murray, 27, spent the 2020-21 season with the New Jersey Devils, where he registered 14 points (0g/14a) in 48 contests. A former first-round selection (second overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012, Murray spent seven of his eight NHL campaigns with Columbus and ranks eighth all-time among Blue Jackets defensemen in points (110) and tied for sixth in assists (95). His plus/minus rating (+13) is tied for fourth all-time among Columbus rear guards, and he ranks fifth in blocked shots (593).

“Ryan is an effective two-way defenseman who can provide minutes and added puck movement to our back line,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “We like the experience he brings to our locker room, and we’re excited to see him fit in with our group.”

Overall, Murray has collected 124 points (15g/109a) in 395 career regular-season NHL games and has recorded three points (1g/2a) in 20 total Stanley Cup Playoff contests. He appeared in a career-high nine postseason games in 2019-20.

The 6-foot-1, 206-pound defenseman set career highs in points (29), assists (28) and plus/minus (+20) in 2018-19 and played in a career-best 82 games during the 2015-16 season.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

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