Murphy was reassigned to AHL Iowa on Saturday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
The Ontario native with shot-blocking prowess was relegated to the minors in order to clear a path for Jared Spurgeon (groin), who is set to return Sunday evening against the Blackhawks. It's generally considered fruitless to roster role players lacking consistent roles in the NHL.
Murphy scored his first goal of the season and had an assist while getting 18:19 of ice time in Sunday's win at San Jose.
Murphy has had a large role on the blue line since being called up from the AHL as he's averaging 18 minutes of ice time per game. Although he hasn't contributed much offense in his career (just 37 points in 151 games with Carolina) he's getting time on the power play as well (1:15 this season), so he may merit a look in deep leagues.
Murphy was summoned from AHL Iowa on Monday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Murphy was sent down I-35 on Sunday because Minnesota was attempting to save cap space, and he will join the team for its three-game California road trip. The 24-year-old has only played in three games for Minnesota this season and will likely serve as the seventh defenseman on the swing out west.