Douglas Murray has been in Stockholm for some Olympic preparation. in an interview with Expressen they touch upon his contract situation. Loosely translated:
It's not very likely that UFA Douglas Murray will continue to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"No, we've had some discussions. The door's not entirely closed, but they signed Rob Scuderi and he's played and won with them before, so there's really nothing strange with that," says Murray.
He's trying not to worry about the uncertain situation judt weeks before the NHL premiere.
"That's why it's good to have an agent. It doesn't help my situation to worry. I think about it, of course, and especially when the agent calls to give me an update. Otherwise I try to ignore it and just prepare myself for the season.
The Vancouver Canucks is supposedly one of the teams that have expressed interest for Murray, but he refuses to comment on possible destinations.
"It's a special year. There's really not much space anywhere. I do have several options. It may not be exactly what I'm looking for. You know it's not going to be as good as if you had signed a contract last season."
Over the past four years Murray has earned ten million dollars, more than 65 million crowns.
"At the same time, you have to be cautios. It'll probably be a one or two year contract, but it's not just about the money. I've been doing this for quite some time now, and I've seen that those who sign a lesser contract easily get stuck there, or in that role, that they get treated like they're worth less, which is fairly common, unfortunately. That's what makes it tougher. But if they have to move a guy to make room for you, then they have invested in you. It's important for me that they show me that."
Do you have any contract offers you could sign right now?
"Yes, I guess you can say I do."
So, sounds like has several offers, but is not really pleased with them and wants some team to convince him they are really committed to him. Isn't this what Gillis supposedly is excellent at?
I would definitely not mind seeing him in a Canuck uniform. As so many others have said, he's not the best D-man out there, but he's skills are decent enough, and he brings some size and grit. You do not want to mess with Douglas Murray. And that's a message we could have needed to send in some games over the past three playoffs.