The Columbus Blue Jackets drafted defenseman Ryan Murray second overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but the 22 year old defenseman has been slow to take off at the pro level due to injuries.
Now, though, the team is giving him an extension that shows they’ve liked what they see so far.
The AAV on Ryan Murray's two-year extension with #CBJ is $2.825M ($5.65M total).
— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) February 11, 2016
The 22 year old blue liner, who only saw 12 games of NHL action last year due to injury, is one of only three players (along with Boone Jenner and Gregory Campbell) to play in every game so far this season – so he’s had a bit of a turn-around in the health department. In 55 games played, he’s also been a moderately strong two-way defenseman for the club, recording four goals and 17 points to put him first among the team’s blue line in scoring.
A former Everett Silvertips blue liner, Murray is one of just four defensemen now signed through at least next season on the club; he joins Cody Goloubef, Fedor Tyutin, and Jack Johnson with deals that carry over beyond the end of this season.
In contrast, the team will now have to deal with both Dalton Prout and Seth Jones at the end of the year, as they are both restricted free agents this summer, and Justin Falk, who is an unrestricted free agent.