The San Jose Sharks may have taken their first step towards re-modeling their franchise, trading defenseman Douglas Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a second round draft pick in 2013 and a conditional second rounder in 2014.
Known more for his physical style of play than racking up points, Murray has no goals and three assists this season, but leads the Sharks with 64 blocked shots and ranks third with 56 hits.
“We have tremendous respect for Douglas as a hockey player and a person,” said GM Doug Wilson in a statement. “He has been a warrior for our hockey club for the past eight seasons and he has been in the Sharks family for the past 14 years. This deal places Douglas in a quality situation which he deserves.”
“San Jose has become home for me and I’m leaving with an empty feeling with the teams we had here not getting it done,” Murray remarked about being traded. ”But it’s extremely exciting going to Pittsburgh, going to the best team in the league already.”
Drafted in 1999 by San Jose, Murray has spent seven seasons with the Sharks, appearing in 57 playoff games.