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Penguins find their big D-man: Douglas Murray

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

The Penguins have acquired defenseman Douglas Murray from the Sharks, a guy that pretty much meets to a T the description offer in this morning’s column, meaning big, left-handed, physical, rangy, stay-at-home, clear-the-crease, good character and all that other stuff.

All Ray Shero gives up are two second-round draft picks, which, if you’re familiar at all with the franchise’s draft history, you’ll know is the equivalent of trading nothing. Feel free to ask Ondrej Nemec, Shane Endicott and friends what I mean.

Here’s a TribLIVE Radio podcast I just did on the trade, along with John Steigerwald and John Fedko.

Here’s Murray’s official page.

Here’s the Trib’s full news coverage.

And here’s a random picture of Murray doing something really mean …

Also, here’s video of Murray knocking Aleksey Morozov out of an international game in 2008 …

My initial impressions:

>> As noted this morning, this type of D-man is exactly what the Penguins needed and coveted.

>> This might push Deryk Engelland out of the top six, maybe Mark Eaton, too. But you don’t see many Cup teams make it all the way through playoffs with just six. Depth isn’t a luxury. It’s a must.

>> Just for fun, if I had to make D pairings with everyone healthy, I’d go Brooks Orpik-Paul Martin, Simon Despres-Kris Letang, Murray-Matt Niskanen. Yeah, that moves Niskanen back to his natural side, but Niskanen always has been comfortable on the left side, as well, so that’s not too big a deal.

>> Is Shero done? My feeling is no, that he still might want to add an extra fourth-line type guy who maybe has penalty-killing experience, who maybe can take draws. Kind of like Joe Vitale insurance.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

 
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