Pros and Cons of the Montreal Canadiens' Deal with Douglas Murray

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Pros and Cons of the Montreal Canadiens' Deal with Douglas Murray
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Former Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Douglas Murray checks Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

When the Montreal Canadiens signed Douglas Murray to a one-year, $1.5 million deal this past Thursday, they made a statement.

It was a pretty nonsensical statement, essentially something along the lines of: “We want to win right now, but only with older, slower players getting us there.” But it was a statement nonetheless.

Okay, officially the statement, direct from the press release on the Habs’ website via Marc Bergevin, was: “Douglas Murray is an experienced defenceman with good size and is a seasoned veteran. He will bring a physical dimension to our team and is a significant addition to our group of defencemen.”

At 6’3”, 245 pounds, Murray definitely is undeniably a significant addition to the Habs, but mainly "significant" in the most literal sense of the word—substantial for another word. Weighty?

He’s big; that's what I’m saying. But is bigger better in this particular case?

Here are the pros and cons of the Canadiens’ deal with Murray.

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