39-Year-Old Defenseman – New Jersey Devils
Cory Murphy Contract Information:
Signed a two-way deal with New Jersey in July of 2009.
Murphy was sent back to Lowell (AHL) Saturday after playing in Friday's win over Nasvhille, according to the Bergen Record.
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Murphy saw several contests with New Jersey in the 2009-10 season before being confined to the AHL for most of the season. The former puck-moving specialist has played with Zurich of the Swiss league the last two years.
Murphy posted 35 points for Zurich in the Swiss League during the 2010-11 campaign, but he's best viewed as organizational depth at this point in his career.
Murphy signed a two-way contract with the Devils in July and will get an opportunity to make the NHL roster. He's a power-play specialist but not much of a defensive defenseman, something the Devils will need. If he makes the big club, he should have an impact on the power play and could be worth a look in deep leagues.
Championed as the savior of the Panthers' power play just one year ago, Murphy will now have to fight just to get in the lineup. The acquisition of Bryan McCabe kills Murphy's worth, as the Colgate graduate isn't likely to see much time with the first power-play unit — even if he is in the lineup.
Murphy has been brought in to give the Panthers a power-play quarterback. The Colgate grad has put up solid numbers in Finland (50 points in 45 games last season), but how those numbers translate to the NHL remains to be seen. He could match his potential with 45 points or be limited to 20 points like Minnesota's Petteri Nummelin.