Back again: Murray joins Flames on PTO
Calgary has brought in Douglas Murray for another kick at the can.
The 35-year-old, who has over 500 games of NHL experience, playing sparingly for German League outfit Cologne last year -- just eight games. Prior to that, Murray spent the ’13-14 season in Montreal, where he appeared in 53 regular-season and three playoff contests.
In his prime, Murray was one of the NHL’s most physical players and hardest hitters, thanks in large part to his 6-foot-3, 245-pound frame. But a decline in foot speed all but drummed him out of the league.
As such, it’s tough to see where he fits in Calgary.
The club is fairly deep on defense -- Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Wideman, Kris Russell and Deryk Engelland are the projected top six -- and Murray won’t be the only veteran in camp on a PTO, as ex-Avs blueliner Ryan Wilson is also set to participate.
Update: Murray and Wilson have company. Sportsnet is reporting that 32-year-old d-man Aaron Johnson will also attend Flames camp on a PTO.