The Columbus Blue Jackets have gotten themselves into a bind by going all out this season, as they are now down assets and tight on money, with about $31.53 mil to sign at least 5 players — including Duchene, Dzingel, Panarin, Bobrovsky, Werenski, and Ryan Murray. Murray could end up being a salary cap casualty.
Ryan Murray is a left-handed defenseman who stands at 6’1″ 205 lbs. What makes him an attractive signing to the Blackhawks is that he’s more defensively inclined, with a career 22 ± rating through 6 NHL seasons. Although defense is his forte, Murray sporadically puts up points — with 101 points (13G, 88A) in 320 career games.
Murray’s age (25) and skill set make him a great option for the Blackhawks this offseason. He can do a little bit of everything which is a good ability to possess in the always evolving NHL. Murray also has a bit of an underrated shot, which you can see here in this PPG.
Ryan Murray is currently on the final year of a 1-year, $2.825 mil AAV deal, so he will get a nice bump in pay on his next deal. I can see him landing in either the $4,227,438 – $6,341,152 tier (one 1st round pick, 3rd round pick) or the $6,341,153 – $8,454,871 tier (one 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round pick).