Montreal’s Murray (upper body) out 4-6 weeks

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One of the Canadiens’ notable free agent pickups will be out for the foreseeable future.

Veteran defenseman Douglas Murray, signed in August on a one-year deal, will be out for the next 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.

The injury is just the latest to hit the Montreal defense. Two weeks ago, the club announced that Davis Drewiske had suffered a shoulder injury that would shelf him for a month; prior to that, the club had lost physical Russian rearguard Alexei Emelin, who is still in the process of recovering from offseason ACL surgery.

Murray, 33, split last season between San Jose and Pittsburgh, scoring six points in 43 games (and three in 15 playoff games). He was acquired by the Penguins at the trade deadline and saw an uptick in minutes (17:09 average TOI in San Jose; 18:30 in Pittsburgh) before falling back to around 15 minutes per night in the postseason.

This upper body ailment was the second injury Murray suffered during the exhibition campaign. Two weeks ago, he was listed as day-to-day with a lower body issue.