Murray is on the Blue Jackets' protected list for the upcoming expansion draft, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. There were rumors prior to the release of the Jackets' list that Murray would be one of the players the club was steering Las Vegas away from as part of a deal that sends Columbus' first-round pick (24th overall) to the Golden Knights, but instead the oft-injured blueliner was officially made off-limits to the new franchise. Murray scored just two goals and 11 points in 60 games last season, but the 23-year-old still has upside as a skilled two-way defenseman if he can stay out of the trainer's room.
Murray (hand) will not return to the lineup against Pittsburgh on Thursday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. Murray hasn't played since March 11, so it seems increasingly unlikely that he'll return in time to make an impact in the postseason. If the blueliner can get back, he may not be able to bounce Gabriel Carlsson for the game-day lineup, considering that Murray will be shaking off more than a month of rust.
Murray (hand) will not be available for Tuesday's Game 4 versus Pittsburgh. Murray has been sidelined for the Blue Jackets' past 18 contests and does not appear any closer to getting back on the ice. The 23-year-old would likely provide a boost to a Columbus blue line that will be without rookie sensation Zach Werenski (face), who is done for the year. Until Murray is cleared to play, Kyle Quincey will likely slot into the third pairing alongside Markus Nutivaara.
Murray (hand) will not play in Sunday's Game 3 matchup against the Penguins, Pens Inside Scoop reports. Murray hasn't dressed since mid-March due to a broken hand but has been operating under a day-to-day label recently. The blueliner's return would certainly be a welcoming sight for the Jackets, but it won't come in Game 3. He may be running out of chances to do so, as Columbus fell behind 2-0 in both playoff contests so far. His next chance to return arrives Tuesday in Game 4.
Murray (hand) has been ruled out for Friday's matchup with Pittsburgh, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. Despite being described as day-to-day, Murray will miss his 17th consecutive contest. When healthy, the defenseman is averaging 18:20 of ice time per game, which includes 1:52 on the penalty kill where his absence will likely be felt the most. During Game 1, the Pens converted on one of their three power-play opportunities and will look to capitalize further with Murray out of the lineup.
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