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Blue Jackets are playing without rookie Murray tonight

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will have to find a way to edge out the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight without Ryan Murray. The 20-year-old rookie defenseman wasn’t listed as part of Columbus’ lineup for Game 4 of the first round series, per the Blue Jackets’ Rob Mixer

That’s a big setback for the Blue Jackets after he averaged 25:17 minutes per contest in the first three games of the playoffs. It’s not clear what Murray’s dealing with, but he didn’t stay on the ice for today’s full morning skate, according to Aaron Portzline.

Nick Schultz is making his series debut in Murray’s place. Schultz had an assist in nine games with the Blues Jackets after they acquired him from Edmonton on March 5 in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.

Schultz, 31, has 24 games worth of playoff experience, but his last postseason contest came in 2008 when he was with Minnesota. He will play alongside Dalton Prout.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.