The Canadiens announced on their official Twitter account on Thursday morning that they have reached an agreement in principle with free-agent defenceman Douglas Murray on a one-year contract (2013-14).
The Gazette’s Pat Hickey reports that the deal is worth $1.5 million and that Murray had been looking for a longer deal and more money, which is why the 33-year-old was still available on the free-agent market.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder started last season with the San Jose Sharks, picking up three assists and 26 penalty minutes in 29 games. He was acquired by Pittsburgh in exchange for two draft picks before the NHL trade deadline and played 14 games with the Penguins, posting 1-2-3 totals and nine penalty minutes.
“Douglas Murray is an experienced defenceman with good size and is an seasoned veteran,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. “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.”
Murray, a graduate of Cornell University, is from Bromma, Sweden. He was selected by the Sharks in the eighth round (241st overall) of the 1999 NHL entry draft.
“I’m a pretty simple player,” Murray said. “What you see is what you get. I need to defend well and be a big physical presence out there.”
Last summer, Murray made headlines off the ice when the Swedish website Expressen reported he was hanging out with Tiger Woods’s ex-wife, Elin Nordegren. The website reported that the pair were spotted having dinner at a nightclub in Stockholm and also had dinner with Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik, who introduced Woods to Nordegren and later regretted it when the world learned about Tiger’s off-course antics as a married man.
Murray told Expressen at the time that he and Nordegren are “only friends.”
“We are not dating and we have never dated,” he added at the time. “We have friends in common and we have only known each other for a couple of weeks.”
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