The Carolina Hurricanes love to collect players by like names…Staal, Sutter, and Zac(h). True to trend, Canes added another Murphy to the roster Friday evening. Here’s a tidbit from the official press release…
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Murphy on a three-year, entry-level contract. Beginning with his first full professional season, the contract will pay Murphy $832,500 per season at the NHL level or $70,000 per season at the minor-league level. Murphy receives a $277,500 signing bonus as a part of the contract.
Ryan Murphy recently impressed the organization in Traverse City, Michigan. Murphy was the 12th overall pick for Carolina in the 2011 draft. The surname isn’t the only similarity, the defenseman hails from the Kitchener Rangers as did our beauty youngster, Jeff Skinner.
Last season, Murphy claimed 26 goals and 53 assists for 79 points with the Rangers. He also named the top defenseman at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, and was an OHL First Team All-Star. The young star is being compared to his former teammate, Skinner.
Goalie Michael Murphy is other Canes’ Murph. He is adored by fans and was a major key in the Charlotte Checkers playoff success in the 2010-11 season. So no doubt, new Murphy has big shoes to fill. Caniacs welcome the rookie and look forward to big things from the defenseman.