Free Agency

Potential RFAs and Trade Targets for Blackhawks This Offseason

By Tony Gianares
WINNIPEG, MB - APRIL 12: Jacob Trouba #8 of the Winnipeg Jets keeps an eye on the play during second period action against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell MTS Place on April 12, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Blues defeated the Jets 4-3 to lead the series 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
WINNIPEG, MB - APRIL 12: Jacob Trouba #8 of the Winnipeg Jets keeps an eye on the play during second period action against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell MTS Place on April 12, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Blues defeated the Jets 4-3 to lead the series 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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COLUMBUS, OH – FEBRUARY 2: Ryan Murray #27 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the St. Louis Blues on February 2, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH – FEBRUARY 2: Ryan Murray #27 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the St. Louis Blues on February 2, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Ryan Murray

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).

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