Douglas Murray has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the San Jose Sharks for a 2nd round pick in both the 2013 and 2014 drafts. The 2014 pick is conditional upon Murray re-signing with the Penguins.
Murray was drafted in the 8th round of the 1999 draft by the Sharks. He has only 2 assists in the 23 games he’s played this season and no goals, he has however lead the Sharks in blocked shots this season. Murray will fill the defensive hole the Penguins have as he is a defensive defenseman. This is what Sharks GM Doug Wilson had to say about Murray courtesy of NHL.com:
“We have tremendous respect for Douglas as a hockey player and a person,” Wilson said. “He has been a warrior for our hockey club for the past eight seasons and he has been in the Sharks family for the past 14 years. This deal places Douglas in a quality situation which he deserves.”
This is the second trade the Penguins have made within a 24-hour period. They are first in the Eastern Conference and on a 12 game winning streak. The Sharks are 9th in the Western Conference. This deal seems a little backwards to me but the Penguins are trying to add some depth which will benefit them in their playoff run. Sharks seem to have written off a playoff push and are working on the future. The trade deadline is still a little ways away and it is a possibility that the Sharks could be gathering ammo for a bigger move.