Ryan Murray signed a two-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.
The extension is expected to net him $2.825 million annually, a solid bump from his entry level contract from 2012. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen described Murray as a "talented, smart player who has been a very steady performer on our blue line," and noted that the 22-year-old has earned himself more ice time through his improved play. Murray has averaged a solid 22:28 of ice time this season, and he has shown a willingness to sacrifice his body on the defensive end (114 blocked shots). His new deal will keep him in Columbus for at least a couple more seasons, but it wouldn't be surprising if the team looks for a longer extension later if he continues to polish his game.
Jared Boll (neck) won't play Thursday against the Ducks, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Fantasy owners don't need to concern themselves with Boll's absence, as the 29-year-old winger has failed to tally a single point in 20 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. Expect an update on Boll's status once he's ready to draw back into Columbus' lineup.
Thomas Davis ' (forearm) contract automatically voided Thursday, making him an unrestricted free agent as of March 15, the Charlotte Observer reports.
The stipulation was placed in the two-year deal that Davis signed last June, which served to spread out his signing bonus and dampen the salary cap hit. After playing valiantly through a broken right forearm in the Super Bowl, the soon-to-be 33-year-old will have to decide whether the risk of another serious injury is worth it. However, he cobbled together the second-most tackles on the Carolina Panthers in 2015 -- or 105, to be exact -- so the production is still in line with his history when healthy.
Nerlens Noel will not participate in All-Star weekend's Rising Stars Challenge in order to rest his right knee, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I would have loved to play in this great game, but my health comes first. I will just get ready for New Orleans," said Noel.
After missing Wednesday's game due to tendinitis in his right knee, Noel has opted to skip the All-Star weekend's festivities in order to give himself extra time to heal up for the second half of the season. The Philadelphia 76ers will return to action on Feb. 19 against the Pelicans at the Smoothie King Arena.
Philadelphia authorities likely won't issue arrest warrants until next week for LeSean McCoy (knee) and three others that were involved in an alleged assault of two off-duty police offices at a night club early Sunday morning, CSN Philadelphia reports.
The investigation by the District Attorney's office is "moving slowly for a reason," likely in order to put together as many of the pieces of the puzzle as possible. In addition to any legal concerns related to the incident, McCoy can be expected to face consequences from the NFL, but those will likely be delayed while the case works its way through the court system.
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