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Canes Agree to Terms with Mike Murphy

Carolina's 2008 sixth-round pick led OHL in goals-against average and save percentage

Wednesday, 03.18.2009 / 4:57 PM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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Canes Agree to Terms with Mike Murphy

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Mike Murphy on a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Murphy $65,000 per year at the minor-league level, and an average of $541,667 per year at the NHL level, as well as a $235,000 signing bonus.

“Mike has had an outstanding junior career, and that is reflected in his record and the accolades he has received,” said Tony MacDonald, Director of Amateur Scouting for the Hurricanes. “He is a very competitive player with considerable upside and will add valuable depth to our organization at the goaltender position.”

Murphy, 20, finished the 2008-09 regular season with an Ontario Hockey League-leading 2.08 goals-against average and a league-best .940 save percentage while playing in 54 of 68 games for the Belleville Bulls. The Kingston, Ont., native posted a 40-9-2-2 record in helping lead the Bulls to first place in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. In 124 career regular-season games with the Bulls in parts of four seasons, Murphy (5’11”, 161 lbs.) registered a 2.42 goals-against average, a .929 save percentage, an 85-23-5-5 record and eight shutouts. He competed in two OHL All-Star Classics, was named OHL Goaltender of the Year for 2007-08 and helped Belleville reach the Memorial Cup in 2008. He will stay with Belleville for its 2009 postseason run which begins tonight against Sudbury.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
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4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
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12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 53 3 11 -12 14
 
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E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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