The newest member of the Canadiens describes himself as “a pretty simple player.”
“What you see is what you get,” defenceman Douglas Murray told Canadiens.com on Friday, a day after being signed to a one-year, $1.5-million free-agent contract. “In order for me to be successful, I need to defend really well, number one, and (I need to) be a big, physical presence out there.
“I definitely have a (will) to win and I bring a lot of competitiveness,” added the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Swede. “It’s nothing flashy; I don’t think anyone has ever used that word to describe me as a player. I’m a steady player and the excitement probably comes from the physicality department.
“I have a lot of experience with (penalty killing) and I’ve played a lot of different systems. Obviously, you need great penalty killers and people who are willing to block shots, which I definitely am. It’s important to have a lot of pride in killing penalties. I love shutting the opposition down – maybe it’s because I’ve never scored many goals, but I think I almost enjoy that more.”
Josh Gorges, who played with Murray earlier in his career with the San Jose Sharks, was thrilled to become his teammate again.
“Welcome to former and new teammate Douglas Murray!!!” Gorges tweeted. “You guys are gonna love this beast in #Mtl #BigRig”
Gorges, who got married earlier this summer to Maggie Morrison in Hawaii, will be in Washington state on Saturday for the wedding of goalie Carey Price and his fiancée, Angela Webber. Price won’t have time for a honeymoon, since he will report the next day to Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp in Calgary, along with P.K. Subban, who will also be at the goaltender’s wedding.
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