2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Douglas Murray Report Card

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2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Douglas Murray Report Card
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"Crankshaft" is an apt nickname for Douglas Murray given his surly, physical play and how his work drives the San Jose Sharks defensive engine

Douglas Murray came into the 2011-12 season as one of the San Jose Sharks core players.

He was an intimidating hitter coming off his two best offensive seasons. His stay-at-home approach seemed to be as good a match for the frequently pinching Dan Boyle, as his blue line partner's speed was with Crankshaft's subpar skating ability.

Even with his 32nd birthday coming during the season, Murray was expected to be a mainstay in the Sharks end for years to come. Stay-at-home defencemen have long shelf-lives, and he had lower miles than most because he did not become a daily starter until the age of 27.

By season's end, the Sharks had broken up the pair of Boyle and Murray and reduced the fan favorite's playing time. So is he still a member of the team's core? Here is what the season tells us of the good, the bad and the ugly truth about Crankshaft...

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