Tuesday, March 25, 2014

'Canes reassign Ryan Murphy to Charlotte

Per team release…

Defenseman has 12 points in 46 NHL games this season

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has reassigned defenseman Ryan Murphy to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Murphy, 20, has totaled 12 points (2g, 10a) in 46 NHL games with the Hurricanes during his first full professional season. The Aurora, Ont., native has also played 16 AHL games for Charlotte in 2013-14, earning 18 points (1g, 17a). Murphy is tied for first among Checkers defensemen in assists this season, and was on an 11-game assist streak at the time of his recall to Carolina on March 6. Selected by the Hurricanes in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Murphy (5’11”, 185 lbs.) has totaled two goals and 10 assists (12 points) in 50 career NHL games with Carolina.


At the time of his last recall to Carolina, Murphy's 11-game point streak was tied for the longest by an AHL rookie this season.

Murphy hasn't played since suffering an injury in Columbus on March 18th. The Checkers are 7-9-0 in games that the 2011 first-rounder has appeared in this season. He is expected to be available for Tuesday night's game in Iowa.

Murphy’s return gives the Checkers eight healthy defensemen. Recent addition Dennis Robertson has been a healthy scratch the last two games. Matt Corrente, Mark Flood and Keegan Lowe rotated in and out of the lineup during Murphy’s previous stint with Charlotte.