The goaltending problem on the Charlotte Checkers seems to have been solved with the Hurricanes signing Mike Murphy to a new contract.
Murphy figures to be the bakup to Justin Peters in the AHL and gives the Canes four goalies in the organization.
The Hurricanes drafted Murphy in the sixth round of the 2008 Draft. He played in his first AHL games with the Albany River Rats during the 2009-10 season. Murphy then played in over 30 games for the Checkers over the next two years, sporting a 49-34-9 record.
Last year, the Ontatrio native signed a contract with Spartak Moscow of the KHL league. But after seven games and five losses, the club released Murphy making him a free agent again.
In March, the 24-year-old returned to the Checkers on a tryout contract. He started one game, recording a loss. At the end of the season, he was still a restricted free agent of the Hurricanes.
Murphy does not have any NHL potential at this point. He’s sported a good record with the Checkers, but only played two games with the Hurricanes over that span. Right now, he’s last in line to get a shot with the big club.
But the Checkers had a need and it was filled today.