Habs reach agreement with free-agent defenceman Douglas Murray

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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  2. Feraco says:

    To anyone knocking Beaulieu and comparing him to Kane. The guy has won TWO Stanley cups…not bad for a thug or common criminal. Lets hope Beaulieu’s run in leads to that type of career at that age

  3. CHasman says:

    Any big defenceman who will hit and fight when needed is an asset to our soft D. With Parros and Murray in the lineup we have gotten a lot bigger. We have four forwards who can and will drop the gloves, and now we have a D-man to join the group. Bring on the Bruins.

  4. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    Great signing for that kind of money; and he is not French-Canadian and is willing to play tough and fight. Now the Habs have the Ivy League Pugilist Parade on their squad. He and Parros can swap old college anecdotes. Now get rid of all the fairies on D like Diaz, Gorges, Bouillon, Drewiske, Markov and that thug Beaulieu whose only toughness is ganging up on an innocent guy who tells him not to destroy another guy’s property. Send him to Chicago where he and Kane can go to the local Seniors home and beat the crap out of old folks in wheelchairs to indulge their sick violent bloodlust without risking any injury to themselves.

  5. zephyr says:

    great signing. gill was really slow but he was very effective in the playoffs. murray is far more physical & mobile than gill & at 33 is not old at all. imo, this is the most significant signing mb has made this yr.. subban, emelin, murray & tinordi can all be punishing dmen. that’s what we needed most of all. pateryn might even figure in as well. having at least 1 of these guys on the ice at all times will make a difference. the habs will be tough to play against this year.

  6. frankcasting says:

    This is a Cup-worthy signing. Last year Habs used 12 D in a 48G schedule. We are 10 deep now, not incl Pateryn, and Murray, who I think ranks about no.5 or 6 really makes the list solid. And as a replacement for Emelin, he’s ideal. Habs have traditionally used size on the back end to counter other teams’ size, and 6’3″/245 is awesome. Bring on McLaren and C Orr !!

    Loving the Habs since 1965

  7. HABZ24 says:

    Atleast he has size and experience lets hope he is solid and reliable

  8. gmur says:

    I’ve been hoping Murray would sign here! For that money, and one season, this is a great signing. He will have something to prove so he can sign somewhere for 2014-15. Hopefully, he shows up to camp in great shape and plays well. He’ll bring a physical presence while Emelin is gone.

    Everyone says he played poorly against the Bruins in the playoffs. Didn’t Crosby et al score 2 goals in four games? Didn’t the Penguin goaltending suck? So Douglas Murray is supposed to be the cornerstone of the Penguins in the playoffs? He was -3 in the playoffs last year… so were Crosby and Neal… Iginla was -4, Malkin -2. Look at how the team played and you quickly realize that the Penguins as a team were horrible against the Bruins. Great signing!

  9. db says:

    It’s a long season and he has the respect of the league, from officials and players. He won’t get pushed around and knows how to pick his spots.. and has made some great hits. Good insurance, maybe he’ll get Bouillon’s money next year when everybody realizes he’s the real deal.

  10. rhino514 says:

    I think Tinordi proved he was ready.

  11. petefleet says:

    Here’s my thing on this signing. Murray looked awful in the playoffs against BOS. If he hadn’t he would already be gone. MB may have seen something here that is not readily apparent to the rest of us…I don’t know. If he returns to form and becomes what he was a couple years ago, look out playing against the Habs. If he falters early, Tinordi will be in uniform and the other teams will still have to look out. Good signing, maybe a great one. MB also needs to drop the Cubes mins and increase PK’s.
    It’s going to be a fun year.

    ******************************************
    I haven’t been wrong in a long time…..not feeling like today is the day.

    ***Go Habs Go***

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      The entire Penguins team looked awful – all of them including Iginla, Malkin, Crosby and Letang.

      I don’t see how Murray would be particularly worse.

  12. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    When Hal Gill retires, I hope that the Habs bring him in as an assistant coach or something. And he can help around the Bell Centre, getting things off of high shelves for DD and Gionta, if he’s still around…

    If DM can be even a little like a mashup of Gill and Emelin, I will be happy.

  13. takuto97 says:

    Interesting Douglas Murray facts: (all stolen from Wikipedia)

    -In 2010, he was chosen as the 16th-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News

    -He is the co-founder and managing partner of Uber Dispensing Co, which manufactures the UberTap, a hands-free three-spout keg tap invented by Murray and several friends from Cornell.

    -While Murray represented Sweden in ice hockey at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, another of the company’s co-founders, Jamie Moriarty, represented the U.S. in four-man bobsled at the same Olympics.

    -He once rang the bell at the New York Mercantile Exchange in the summer of 2006.

    -Murray’s maternal grandfather is Swedish hockey player and Olympic bronze-medalist Lasse Björn. His paternal ancestors originate from Scotland. While his cousins all have Swedish names, his mother gave her children Scottish or English names. Murray’s brothers are named Charles and Ted, with a sister named Roseanna.

    -He shared the 2005 Cleveland Barons Rubbermaid “Player of the Year” award with….wait for it…Josh Gorges

    -Holds the San Jose Sharks record for hits in a game – 9 (tie) – set April 2, 2011

    • ross says:

      That “Sporting News” is the most interesting one to me. That means of the 20 Smartest Athletes in Sports, the Canadiens now have 100% of the ones who play hockey. Not only will we win the line brawls, the annual league chess tournament is gonna be a cinch!

  14. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Remember when Hal Gill scored goals in two consequent games? Good times…

    I’m excited for Murray. If he can clear the crease and likes to hit, he’ll be a good addition to the team.

    Go Habsssssssssssss!

  15. otisfxu says:

    You are all having orgasms over the signing of Doulas Murray.

    Let’s not get too exited here. We didn’t just sign Denis Potvin. There were reasons why he was still out there.

    He’s a steady big D-man, who won’t get pushed around easily, but not that mobile and he is 34.

    I still would prefer that size added up front.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Our Defense was a bigger issue than our offense as seen by our stats last year and with Emelin out there was a big void in the physical department. This is a good depth signing and the price is right.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Captain aHab says:

        Definitely… good signing…gives the kids more time to mature and fills the hole left by Emelin. Kids can then fill in when injuries hit.

        —————-
        Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

    • wjc says:

      Well, he is a defenceman, he was available, so you would have passed.

      You would have waited for a large useful forward which might not have happened.

      Reality sometimes gets in the way, tough defenceman is available, so you go day dream somewhere and not sign him.

      The funny thing is you think you are being clever.

      wjc

  16. Kooch7800 says:

    I wonder what the D pairings will be

    Subban -Markov
    Jorges- Murray
    Diaz-Cube
    Drewskie as the 7th

    Our D really lacked Depth last year so this will help now. I also think we will be even better when Emelin comes back

    Subban -Markov
    Diaz- Emelin
    Jorges-Murray
    Cube as the 7th

    I think it is good not to rush Tinordi and Nathan B. they are both going to be good but another year in the AHL is a good idea.

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Captain aHab says:

      I don’t think Markov can play the minutes Subban does….he’ll just fade if they try it. And Gorges can’t do it either as he really slowed down last year. Maybe they’ll rotate guys a bit with him until we get a stay at home D who can log huge minutes?

      —————-
      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  17. frontenac1 says:

    Re/ Diaz. For a Dman that doesn’t hit, avoids the corners and doesn’t protect his goalie, you better be able to skate like the wind and get lots points.Heres hoping he can do that this season,otherwise, he’s just a dog body.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I agree. This will be his third season, but he only has 82 NHL games played, he’s still picking it up. Now that we jettisoned Tomas Kaberle and Yannick Weber, his skillset is crucial to our team. He and Andrei Markov and P.K. are the only ones who we can count on for offense.

      Further, Douglas Murray’s acquisition doesn’t lead me to think we can now ‘get rid of’ Mr. Diaz. To the contrary, now that there’s a physical, defensive d-man in the fold, with Alexei Emelin ready to return in December, and Jarred Tinordi marinating in Hamilton, we can insulate Raphaël from the rough stuff, and he can concentrate his game on clearing the zone, counter-attacking and setting up goals.

      Nice work Mr. Bergevin.

    • wjc says:

      You need a blend of players, excellent passing, skating, can be intimidating. Canadiens are answering the need for size. It is very seldom that guys that big can do it all. If they could you would have to pay them the going rate…..10 million dollars per season.

      Canadiens will now be a tougher team to play, with a blend of speed, youth, toughness.

      Pieces are falling into place….goaltending…not a problem. Norris winning defenceman to build around…..Suban

      Veteran presence….Markov on defence.

      Many young forwards coming up and some already playing on team. Toughness at last….you should be happy.

      wjc

  18. kerrgte says:

    this is excellent news !!

    Subban, Markove, Diaz – our league leading offensive talent
    +
    A good measure of toughness. Come on Alexei Emelin, we know you can’t wait to get back, and best wishes from all of us to get better. Come on Mr Douglas Murray, here’s your chance on a dream team to make your mark !

    An impenetrable wall that will take its toll and go up ice.

    Exactly what we need. A totally fine combo of finesse and rock you so you cant stand up.

    Exactly what we need. GMing at its best !!

  19. jrs10069 says:

    I have a buddy from SJ, they were very happy to get rid of him now he’s laughing at me. He’s slow as hell, the other teams will start picking on him. He’s pretty fat, would be good if he lost 25 lbs.

    jrs10069

    • pmaraw says:

      all you gotta say is ‘hows joe thorton doing in the playoffs?’

    • kerrgte says:

      yeah sure, we’ll see when it comes to cleaning up the blood on the ice

    • Forum Dog says:

      This is true – he is slow and other teams will start picking on him. But if he is deployed properly he’ll be paired with a mobile puck-mover and will simply be a guy who can clear the crease and out-muscle big forwards down low.

    • Bill says:

      Well, we all know that the average Sharks fan is undoubtedly extremely knowledgable about hockey, so we should be worried about their opinions clearly.

      These are the people the foxtrak puck was invented for.

      Pittsburgh thought enough of him to pick him up,.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Kooch7800 says:

      well, from everything I have read about this guy he is a beast and in great shape. I am not sure that he is that fleet of foot but I wouldn’t say he is fat by any stretch.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  20. Kooch7800 says:

    This is a great deal….low term and low cash for a guy with something to prove. Murray will be looking to cash in more when the cap goes up. He didn’t play great with the pens. Hopefully he will be better as a hab
    Murray can also take the Cube’s spot the next year if needed
    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  21. krob1000 says:

    I cannot wait to see the physical chess match against the Bruins….Chara, Lucic and Thronton are easily 3 of the toughest 8 or 10 guys in the league. The issue for Bo is that Chara is their top dmanand Lucic a top 3 forward. Now…Montreal can be the instigator and chase those guys around…these heavywieghts may lose the fight but having the BRuins off the ice is way better than having them on it. Prust, Moen,White,Tinordi, Subban, Bourque, Gorges, Emelin, Gallagher and every other Habs just got that much tougher.
    The Parros signing to me was not very relevant until now…..adding both Murray and Parros is definitely a deterrent and is likely enough but if they replaced one o fthe other forwardds (either one of the no offense grinder guys or one of the smaller similar ofrwards witha guy like Morrow and you are set…complete physical overhaul temporarily complete.

  22. HabCez says:

    Nice.. we got a vet that can really hit and even drop the gloves.. been watchin vids on him since the FA started.
    (seems like Parros knows him well from a vid posted below)

    I’m happy cause I wanted Douglas Murray, not just to cover for my boy Emelin but someone that can also replace the aging Boullion till some of our AHL boys make it to the big top.

    A lil surprised but happy we got we got him for 1.5 mil. I expected more (2 to 3 mil) solely cause of his vet status but I’m not complaining. He is 33 and +/- was in the negative last year for the first time.

    “Emelin’s the real deal.”
    – HabCez

  23. krob1000 says:

    Wow…Murray is very similar to Emelin watching that hit reel…I don;t suspect to many people cut to the middle once Emelin is healthy…PK, Emelin and Murray are all devastating open ice hitters.

  24. Cal says:

    Habs go from a potential 10th to 12th place team to a real shot at the playoffs (barring injuries). Huzzah!

    • krob1000 says:

      I don;t know how anyone can say they shouldbe a 10th or 12 place team if healthy. They have good goaltending, when healthy the D is pretty good and now has the depth to withstand injury. The team is 5 lines deep at forward, the team has scorers, they have addressed teh toughness issue. There are now options everywhere…it is nice to see MB targeting guys who make palying in Montreal difficult

      • Cal says:

        With 3 on D in Diaz, Gorges and Drewiske (Emelin out until January), the D didn’t look too good. Adding Murray changes this in a BIG way.

        Price’s piss poor performance after Emelin’s injury is worrisome, as well.

        That is why me, myself and I picked the Habs to struggle a lot this season.
        Let’s all hope MB continues to gather important pieces to the Habs, elevating the team into contender status.

        • krob1000 says:

          Drewiskie will be lucky to see 5 games this year IMO. Even with Emelin out there is still Subban, Markov, Gorges, Bouillon, Murray, Diaz and I believe Tinordi is in theory above him on the depth chart…so right now that puts him at no 8 without Emelin and no 9 when Emelin returns..possibly no 10 depending on how Beaulieu reacts to his offseason nightmaere

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I think the Habs will have a good regular season because of the PP. Their issue is the playoffs where the refs give each team 2 or 3 PPs instead of 8 each.

      Montreal’s downfall every year in the playoffs is their inability to slow the big teams down in their end. Last year Diaz, Bouillon, Gorges and Markov were flailing around in their own end and couldn’t knock a fly off the puck.

      Next year we’ll have Murry and Emelin standing between the puck and Price. Hopefully Tinordi knocks Diaz out of a job as well.

      • HammerHab says:

        MTL was 6th in 5 on 5 play last year. That’s what gave them such a good regualr season and 5 on 5 play is crucial in the playoffs. Where they fell short was in the toughness category which MB definitely has addressed this off-season.

        ———————————–

        It’ll always be Habs Inside/Out to me

  25. krob1000 says:

    Now to make my wishes come true…make one more move and someone, somehow get Morrow on board. If that happened I would honestly say the window opens a year early. I believe next year and 2 or 3 after are what the Habs have been building to. They got lucky with a few picks, still ahve some solid leadership, have addressed the toughness (one more guy like Morrow would be perfect though). The emergence of Galchenyuk and Eller along with Bourque and Pacioretty gives the Habs some skil with size, Pleks, Dd, Gio, Briere and Gallagher is a lot of speed and offense. That DD signing sure gets in the way …if you remove DD and insert Morrow I think you have a team that on paper is a top 5 in the NHL team right now. Meon,or Gorges..any on eof those goes and you amy possibly be able to squeak another character guy in there like MOrrow.

    What would the weakness be? The team would be as deep as any out there. The toughness would be adressed with Murray, Parros, Prust, Moen and Morrow. PK, Emelin, bourque, Bouillon, Tinordi,

    Things have been accelerated with Eller, PK, Galchenyuk,Gallagher all moving along faster than expected

  26. on2ndthought says:

    OK, so MB addresses our biggest need, FORCEFULLY and HIO is euphoric. I said Markov would make Phaneuf look good, he will make Murray look awesome!

    The girls get another piece of eye-candy (you’re spoiling them MB!), the boys all get Swedish massages :)

    This guy may not have the greatest speed or puck-handling, but he is smart, and will make the most of his talents if giving a role he can fill (just like Parros). It is up to the coaches, but especially the other players, to respond and turn these two minus players into plus players by carrying the scoring load while they are on the ice.

    I see:
    Subban-Gorges huge minutes
    Markov- Murray until Emelin gets back
    Diaz-Bouillon/Drewiske/Tinordi

    once Emelin is back I’m with youngun:
    Subban – Gorges
    Markov – Emelin
    Diaz- Murray

    #1PP Marky-PK, then Diaz-Gorges
    PK, Gorges-Murray

    I think this guy was first on most of our ‘sign this guy’ wishlists. Wishes DO come true sometimes.
    Let’s hope we are as smart as we think :) !

    “a cannonading drive”

    • HammerHab says:

      I feel Diaz is a 2nd pairing d-man only. He’s not talented enough to be a top 2 guy, but not enough of a shutdown, physical type of guy you want on the 3rd pairing.

      ———————————–

      It’ll always be Habs Inside/Out to me

  27. Lafleurguy says:

    Time to go to the new thread and join the second million……

    “Where’s the Beef?/What’s the Beef?”

  28. Say Ash says:

    So we’ll see lots of Elin Nordegren at the Bell?

  29. Hobie Hansen says:

    I think you play Diaz during the regular season but remove him once the playoffs start, since there’s 1/4 of the PPs in the playoffs as there is in the regular season.

    Playoffs on defence should read: Subban, Markov, Gorges, Emelin, Murray and Tinordi.

    • savethepuck says:

      If Diaz is not signed to an extension by the trade deadline, I can see him being moved,

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  30. jedimyrmidon says:

    Could Murray potentially play with Subban, and have Gorges-Markov while Emelin is out?

    Of course, I would like to see Subban-Gorges, Emelin-Markov and Diaz-Murray (ignoring sides for now) once Emelin returns. I think that’s quite solid.

  31. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    With the development of the kids and now Murray plus Drewiske,Bouillon we finally have some depth on D. Feels good to say. Some players are going to have to earn their spots now.
    Living out west i’ve seen quite a few Sharks game and Murray isn’t as slow as some claim. If utilized right he should be a helpful addition.

    • krob1000 says:

      You do not hit the way he does by being slow…guys inthe NHL can evade hits yet he catches more than his fair share…he is still near the bottom of the nhl re speed thoguh…he is not in Gill territory but Markov now is probably a good comparison.

  32. Feraco says:

    Interesting stuff. Habs Dmen under contract:

    Markov, PK, Georges, Emelin, Diaz, Bouillon, Drewski, Murray. With Tinordi and Beaulieu as call ups.

  33. Epic says:

    Murray vs. Paul McLean

    Who wins the fight??

  34. mrhabby says:

    can i say ..the days of the habs being pushed around are slowly and mercifully , mercifully coming to a painful end.

  35. JUST ME says:

    Very good deal. I like the way Bergevin thinks and acts. You can see that he wants to give more time for the kids to grow and learn but at the same time it looks like next year 2014-2015 will be a season when numerous changes will be done with veteran`s deals being finished and kids being ready.

    Although i do not exclude another deal before the season begins i think that next year we can expect fireworks.

  36. Lafleurguy says:

    Intriguing proposal to pair Murray with Subbie. Hal Gill had his best year playing beside a young developing Subban.

    “Where’s the Beef?/What’s the Beef?”

    • commandant says:

      To me Murray is a bottom pair guy. He’s not capable of playing top lines anymore. He really declined last year.

      If he was capable of being a top pairing guy, he wouldn’t have been available in August for cheap.

      I like the signing, don’t get me wrong, but he’s depth, not top talent.

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      • krob1000 says:

        HE can play with PK at even strength IMO until Emlin comes back and then likely goes with Diaz as he and Bouillon duke it out for that final spot.
        Pk gets his minutes up with PK time and can play extra shifts on road,etc but at home the Habs get to choose the pairings.
        There are SO MANY WILD CARDS: Tinordi? Beaulieu?How healthy is Markov? has Bouillon lost a step? IS Emelin going to make a full recovery? if so when?, Is there a market for Gorges? is he going to rebound and make us stop wondering when? Is Diaz going to be able to make the jump to being the new Mark Streit?
        So many questions…only real sure things are the bookends of the D…..Subban is Subban and Drewiskie will learn a lot about origami in the pressbox.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        You can’t put too much into a shortened season in which a guy played on two teams. And Pittsburgh is brutal defensively! For the last three or four years the flood gates are wide open in Pittsburgh.

        You could drop Scott Stevens in Pittshburg with 10 games left in the season and he’d look terrible.

      • habs-fan-84 says:

        Brad Richards had a bad season last year as well, but I’d look for him to have a bounce back year this year.

        Murray is not Brad Richards but I’d also look for him to have a bounce back year.

  37. Bill says:

    @Christophor: Murray has played more than 17 minutes per game for at least the last three seasons actually, to further your point. He is not a third pairing guy.

  38. Say Ash says:

    So Diaz is gone, eh? With Tinordi and Beaulieu coming into form.

  39. commandant says:

    At 1.5 million and 1 year, its little risk. Yes he sucked last year, but he wasn’t bad in 2011-12 and before that.

    At worst he ends up in the press box or Hamilton.

    At best he helps til Emelin comes back (and maybe on the third pair afterwards).

    Still its a very low risk signing for some depth.

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  40. thebonscott says:

    Was really hopeing they would pick up a d-man who could hit in both ways, am happy to see it.

    Habs Fanatic Since 1984

  41. Habitforming says:

    There is no room on this team for a player like Diaz now. I would expect a trade to be made soon. Hopefully a package for a top end guy, but maybe for a pick or two to just clear some room.

    • commandant says:

      Diaz is a better defenceman than Murray IMO. And plays a totally different style and one that is necessary.

      Markov- Subban is your first pairing on the PP

      Who is your second pair if Diaz is gone? Who fills in on the first pair if one of those guys is injured?

      Beaulieu will be good, but he is 20 years old, he needs time.

      The D who should be worried by this signing? Bouillion and Drewiskie

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    • Forum Dog says:

      I don’t think they should get rid of Diaz yet. In my mind, it’s Boullion who gets the short-end of this stick. Or maybe Gorges….

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Because it’s just that easy, eh. *shakes head*

      The Habs have three offensive Dmen: Subban, Markov and Diaz. It would be in the Habs’ best interest to keep all three. Diaz is way ahead of Beaulieu at this point.

    • Habitforming says:

      I’d still move Diaz out and use Nygren on the 2nd PP unit.

      I still think Nygren will beat out Diaz for a roster spot anyway.

  42. Say Ash says:

    Is there anybody happier than Carey right now?

  43. The Dude says:

    Murray ,Parros ..bring on Boston!

  44. Lil Snapper says:

    way to get this guy cheap!!! I am so happy we are landing Murray, a great great move, and exactly what we needed….a defensemen!

  45. krob1000 says:

    Mb has a plan…not sure what it is but I suspect we may still yet see a bigger deal down the road…the team has so many guys for this season and even next. With Collberg, Nygren, Beaulieu, Tinordi,Leblanc all poised to possibly have spots by next season…it gets crazy. There already too many forwards, too many centers and now too many dmen. I guess in Montreal with the size./durability factor they may not view it that way but the team could easily move a large package deal for one player and picks.etc. How do they start?When Emelin returns who draws out of that group? Drewiskie is already in the press box….do they really not want either Tinordi or Beaulieu to get any experience this year? Going to be very interesting seeing how things unfold from here

    Subban-Murray
    Markov-Gorges
    Diaz-Bouillon

    • ebk says:

      I’m sure they want both Tinordi and Beaulieu to get experience this year but they want them to earn the spot on the roster, not have it handed to them.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Hiya ebk.*

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        *this message is posted in English.

        • ebk says:

          Hey Andrew

          How the summer in the mosquito capital of the world going? :)

          • Lafleurguy says:

            THAT was Winnipeg! Now I have it soft in Burlington where we feel sheepish that the weather has been fantastic when so many calamities hit many others. (Even nearby TO had some roads and its subway flooded). Got to stand inside the USA locker room in Lake Placid. Hope your summer is going well.

            “Where’s the Beef?/What’s the Beef?”

      • krob1000 says:

        That I can ageree with but the logjams at varuious positions are crazy…the center spot, the depth dmen, the young blood trying to crack the d, the defensvie dmen…there are extra in every role , the tam even has too many top 9 forwards.
        The team is very deep….I would venture to say deep enoguh this year that if they suffered a similar amount of injury as last year they may hold up this time around.

  46. HammerHab says:

    I’m not averse to a Subban/Murray pairing. The speed of Subban will negate the slow footedness of Murray. He can just hang back while PK does his thing. Murray doesn’t need to be fast with Subban as a D partner. The 2 of them on the ice in a defensive role would frighten the bejesus out of opposing forwards. Plus Subban wouldn’t have to “fight” (or whatever you want to call that) anymore.

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    It’ll always be Habs Inside/Out to me

    • christophor says:

      murray played 17 minutes per game last year

      • krob1000 says:

        Murray does not need to be on special teams …he will NEVER be on a pp and even pk, The Habs have better options ( unless he is good at it) but off ahnd we know the Habs have plenty of guys capableof playing both pp and pk minutes on d. Murray needs to be out there to let PK be PK, both oiffesnively and phsyically IMO. When PK lines someone up with his vicious hipcheck if it is someone out of PK’s league in comes Murray.

      • HammerHab says:

        and PK’s TOI was 17:05 on ES last year

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        It’ll always be Habs Inside/Out to me

  47. Forum Dog says:

    Great signing. Would have been nice to get someone a bit meaner, but will be a good counterweight during Emelin’s absence.

    Subban-Markov
    Diaz-Murray
    Gorges-Tinordi
    Drewiske-Boullion (cycling through)

    Lot’s of options for mixing-matching there.

    • krob1000 says:

      HE is extrememly mean…is generally regarded as one of the physically strongest guys around…does not get many challengers, will take on heavyweights…doesn’t look for but he is asleeper guy…a guy that other players don’t want to fight. HE can inflict damage potentially but because he doesn;t go out of his way looking for it it puts other fighters often in no win situations….
      i love this signing in theory…have to see it on the ice but I really like it on paper!

      • Forum Dog says:

        You’re right. Took a closer look at his pugilistic skills on HockeyFights. Isn’t a KO specialist, but is so big and strong that few can handle him. Aggressive hitter too, but I knew that. Bottom line, great signing, especially for a guy that played regular minutes on a good team for years.

  48. Say Ash says:

    First Swede on the team since?

  49. HabsFan1111 says:

    Yesss! Exactly what we needed and for a bargain! Nicely done MB!

  50. mrhabby says:

    pens gave up 2 second rounders for this guy and we sign him for 1.5m and give up zero…lol

  51. Epic says:

    THANK YOU MB!!

    no seriously, He’s done well.

  52. youngwun says:

    Subban – Gorges
    Markov – Emelin
    Diaz- Murray

    Looks pretty solid !

  53. BJ says:

    Great signing. Finally the answer to “Where’s the beef”” its starting to be found in Red White & Blue.

  54. jimmy shaker says:

    What is the story with (I think his name is Shultz, the other guy in the Eller trade) Is he still in the organization? Isn’t he a big tough Parros type guy? Will he get a sniff if still in the org?

    Shaker out!

  55. Ron says:

    Be great to see the next game Habs play the laffs and Capt Diane comes down to our end and gets run over by the crank..

  56. Lafleurguy says:

    He will be a better “Hal Gill” than Hal Gill was ’cause Murray can throw ‘em and is a more punishing hitter than Big Hal.
    Habs gave up less than Pitt did to get Murray, and have his services for a longer period of time.
    I summarily cease in calling for the acquisition of Aaron Rome. Would be nice if Murray hammers Elvis Presley the way Elvis hit Lars Eller.
    Peace/Out.
    Oh, Daniel Briere, George Parros, Nick Tarnasky, ECHL dudes, Doug Murray, and Mavid can tell us how many more days M. Bergevin still has in the off-season to upgrade the team.
    “Where’s the Beef?/What’s the Beef?”

  57. Epic says:

    If Marchand ever tries to run at Price this season Parros holds the brat down while Murray throws the punches. Call it the mafia treatment.

    I would pay to see that.

  58. TheDagger says:

    Well I can unequivocally state that Doug Murray has the weirdest highlight videos on the YouTube machine.

  59. Sportfan says:

    Guess that means no Brenden Morrow :(

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  60. habs-fan-84 says:

    As expected we got tougher this summer! Great!

    I know a lot of people didn’t like Murray’s game in the playoffs, but I think if he’s used in the right situations he’ll be an asset for this team.

    I’m sure Price is happy.

    • Timo says:

      YOu need a coach who can realize that. Markov was effective first quarter of the season when his minutes were under 15 or so. Then Michael Therrien decided to play him for over 20 and poof… there goes Markov.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Good point, HF84.
      And indeed, not even Pens fans liked ANY Pens’ games in the playoffs! (I’m hoping Iginla, too, was just suffering from playing with a team that somehow found itself in the doldrums and will have a good 2013-2014 so as to erase memories of his first post-Calgary season).

      And oh boy yes this could be great for Price.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Meath Mike, nice to read your posts again after a hiatus.

        “Where’s the Beef?/What’s the Beef?”

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Salut, mon brave!
          Meath, eh? I hope this means you’ve been looking at the Irish tourism website and are planning a visit. Black stuff on me!

          • Lafleurguy says:

            Quid Pro Quo, or Vice Versa, or Vice Quo Pro or something like that Mike. Unfortunately, our budgeted travel time is aimed towards wife dearest visiting sister in Australia. Like the sacrilege of “pulled pork poutine,” I’ve dabbled with pumpkin beer this summer but I enjoy the dark side of beer. Hope Front hooks up with you! Good Health!

            “Where’s the Beef?/What’s the Beef?”

  61. Epic says:

    RE POST!
    his speed is not the best, but it’s not as bad as some say.

    He was playing on a run-and-gun team in the playoffs, which did not suit his style and exposed his weaknesses.

    If he is used as a #5 or #6 crease clearing depth defender, then it’s the best for everyone. It does not expose his flaws and it allows him to play his game to the advantage of the team.

  62. Sportfan says:

    How many hits did he have last year?

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  63. Hobie Hansen says:

    In just over a year we drafted McCarron and Crisp. Signed Murray, Parros and Prust.

    It feels mighty good to not be the biggest pussies in the league anymore.

    Thank you Marc Bergevin!!! IT”S ABOUT TIME!

  64. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Hey Epic, thanks for the info. Re-posting cuz I’m also curious about reactions to Berkshire’s Kadri manoeuvre and interested in Front’s travel itinerary. Cheers.

    1) Not familiar with Murray apart from this year’s playoffs (when neither he nor any of the Pens looked good).

    Can someone compare him to Skillsie for me please?

    2) Did you guys already give Berkie’s call for MB to offersheet Kadri the once-over?

    Greetings to all. Up to my tonsils just now, so not really in touch. But wow, a signing! No more bookclub news, eh?!

    Front, when do you and Mrs Front fly? If bad weather diverts you to Dublin, I’m only 20 minutes away.

  65. mrhabby says:

    puts to bed those Vancouver rumours.

  66. Sportfan says:

    They should also add to this thread “Many HIO people wanted Murray” MB listened :P

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  67. Habfan10912 says:

    Welcome to our blue family MB!
    GM Smurf – Marc Bergevin

    Greetings DM. We’ve missed you.

  68. Sportfan says:

    And all of HIO rejoiced! :P

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  69. Newf_Habster says:

    Murray vs Parros

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgEZ3bZXUXU&feature=youtu.be

    Now they are teammates! LOL

  70. joeybarrie says:

    HOW MUCH?

    Moving someone now? Won’t start the season with 9 defencemen (including injured Emelin). Diaz odd man out?
    interesting.

  71. Thurston says:

    The deal is worth $1.5 million, according to TSN.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=430265

  72. SlimDiggity says:

    The Douggernaut!!!!


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