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Ryan Murray out indefinitely for Colorado Avalanche

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On a day in which Nathan MacKinnon was back in a regular jersey at Colorado Avalanche practice, there was some bad medical news: Veteran defenseman Ryan Murray will be out indefinitely because of the lower-body injury he sustained Saturday night.

Murray played just 11 seconds against the Nashville Predators before pulling up lame. Avs coach Jared Bednar gave a downbeat assessment of Murray’s status, saying it’s “not great. He’ll continue to get evaluated. Let’s call it indefinite right now, but as he gets evaluated, hopefully we’ll get a timeline.”

Murray is likely to go on Long Term Injured Reserve, which would free up his $2 million cap hit for a possible replacement. As of this second, as I type, there has been no new callup from the Colorado Eagles.

I would bet that Jacob MacDonald would be the call-up, but we’ll see. Justin Barron returned from injury to play for the Eagles over the weekend, and looked real good. But I have a hunch the Avs will want to keep him at the AHL level and keep getting reps in.

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I thought Murray had been playing better of late, so this is not just a totally insignificant loss here. He’s a veteran who has some talent. That said, he was likely to be an odd-man-out with the return of Bo Byram.

Let’s hope that Murray can return for a playoff run, because guys like him can be very valuable at that time. How many times have we seen inexperienced D-men pressed into playoff duty when injuries strike, to the Avs’ detriment?

Remember the playoffs in 2018 when David Warsofsky and Duncan Siemens had to play regular shifts against the Nashville Predators, when guys like Erik Johnson and Sam Girard went down?

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Rick

I thought Murray was trending upwards lately as well. It’s unfortunate but we all knew about his long injury history going into this. Good that MacDonald is around if someone else goes down. The way Barron looked in pre-season and the glowing things Bednar said about him I wouldn’t be really shocked if we see him with the big club at some point this season. If they can keep the Top 4 plus EJ healthy that 6th spot will take care of itself. Just resist the urge to put MacDermid there, if he needs to be in he can do… Read more »

ricoflashback

Spot on. MacDermid cannot play defense, period. Way too slow and not a great puck handler. He reminds me of a bigger Nemeth. But as a forward, he can throw his weight around and be a deterrent by delivering heavy hits while not taking penalties. Murray has been playing better of late and hope he gets healthy for the real season.

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peter martin

Ryan Murray injured. ~this is my shocked face~

Ted Grycel

As much as the Girard talk has come up in trade talk, sure glad he’s still with the Av’s. Lesson to be learned here on that topic. Can never have enough depth with good D men

Totally agree with the MacDermid comment, I thought as forward he was serviceable, but not as D. Would love to see Barron for at least a couple games to see how he fits in with the speed of the NHL. Sure was a good time for Byram to come back, we have some options to 6th and 7th D. JJohnson, McDonald, Barron

Charlie Anderson

Get well soon Murray :/ Thanks for the good reporting and balanced perspectives AD

Luke Waggoner

Well, as long as we have to sacrifice someone to the hockey gods for giving us MacKinnon back, at least it wasn’t Makar or Rants or Bo again.

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