Report: Blue Jackets’ Ryan Murray sidelined with broken hand

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After injuries derailed the early part of Ryan Murray‘s career with the Columbus Blue Jackets he was able to suit up for all 82 games last season, and 60 of the team’s first 67 this season. Unfortunately for him and the Blue Jackets, some of that bad injury luck seems to have caught up with him again.

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus-Dispatch, Murray suffered a broken hand on Saturday night when he was struck by a Tyler Ennis slap shot early in the first period of Columbus’ 5-3 to the Buffalo Sabres. Murray exited the game after playing just 1:44. It is expected that he could miss as much as 4-6 weeks, which would at the very least end his regular season.

In 60 games this season Murray has a pair of goals and nine assists while logging around 18 minutes of ice-time per game, mostly on a pairing with either Jack Johnson or Markus Nutivaara.

Murray’s career to this point might not have panned out the way the Blue Jackets expected it to when they made him the No. 2 overall pick in 2012, but he is still a solid defenseman who will be missed. The team did add some defensive depth at the deadline when they picked up veteran Kyle Quincey from the New Jersey Devils. He figures to see an expanded role with Murray sidelined. In five games with the Blue Jackets since the trade Quincey has yet to record a point while averaging 15 minutes of ice-time per game.

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