Subbing for an injured Justin Faulk (lower body), Murphy was finally able to crack the lineup after being recalled from the minors earlier in December. He saw 18:36 of ice time -- none on the power play -- and skated mainly on the Canes' third defensive pairing with Ron Hainsey. With Faulk considered week-to-week, look for Murphy to continue playing a similar role for the foreseeable future.
Murphy was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Monday after playing seven games with the Checkers.
Murphy has never racked up points at the top level, notching just 10 points over 35 games with the Hurricanes last season. While he does own an assist in four contests this season, he's also posted a mineus-6 rating over that span and doesn't figure to have much fantasy upside.
Murphy has been a healthy scratch for four straight games, so the team sent him down to get some live action. The blueliner should be recalled again in the near future, but it's unlikely it will result in additional ice time unless another Carolina defenseman suffers an injury.
Murphy served as a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game Friday against the Canadiens.
Murphy has not seen any game action since posting an ugly minus-3 rating during a 4-2 loss to the Ducks on Nov. 10. Needless to say, he will need to play a much sounder defensive game if he wants to secure himself a regular spot on the Canes' blue line. For now, he should not be on anyone's fantasy roster.
Murphy paired with Noah Hanifin during Tuesday's morning skate, potentially pushing Klas Dahlbeck out. The young blueliner notched 10 assists in 35 games with the