The Carolina Hurricanes made a move today in preparation of the Olympic break, sending defenseman Ryan Murphy to the Charlotte Checkers.
Murphy had to be sent down now to be eligible to play during the break. If the Canes had waited, he would not have been able to play for the team. Murphy can be recalled after the Olympics.
While the 20-year-old probably belongs in the NHL, it won’t hurt that he’s going to the AHL a few weeks before the Olympics actually start. Murphy hasn’t played since Jan. 13. If he’s not seeing the NHL ice, the Checkers will at least help him get in more playing time.
As for Elias Lindholm, who can also go the Checkers without passing through waivers, he can be sent down right before the Olympic break due to the fact he missed days with the team because he participated in the World Junior Championships with Team Sweden.
The Hurricanes play seven games before the Olympic break begins. Murphy could be missed, but with every other defensemen healthy, the Hurricanes should get along just fine.
Considering the play of Jay Harrison and Mike Komisarek of late, it’s possible Murphy never would have got in the lineup to begin with, so this move makes even more sense.