Two months plus a day after the Carolina Hurricanes sent Ryan Murphy to the Charlotte Checkers to find his game after a rough start to his NHL season, his exile has ended.
The Canes recalled Murphy from Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon and he will be available for tomorrow night's game in Pittsburgh against the Penguins. At the same time, the team placed John-Michael Liles on injured reserve with what the team is calling an illness that will keep him out for at least another week.
Murphy endured a difficult start to the season with the Canes, only scoring one point in six games while serving as a healthy scratch twice. With the Checkers, though, Murphy rediscovered his offensive ability, leading the Checkers with 17 assists. While he is still looking for his first goal of the season, his 17 points are tied for the Checkers' team lead despite playing eight fewer games than co-leader Chad LaRose.
The release from the team is below.
HURRICANES RECALL RYAN MURPHY FROM CHARLOTTE
Defenseman leads Checkers with 17 assists; Liles placed on injured reserve
Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have recalled defenseman Ryan Murphy from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Murphy will join Carolina for Wednesday's game at Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center against the Penguins. In addition, defenseman John-Michael Liles has been placed on injured reserve.
Murphy, 21, leads all Checkers skaters this season with 17 assists and seven power-play assists/points, and his 17 points rank tied for first on the team. He is one of eight AHL defensemen to hold a share of his team's scoring lead, and ranks third among AHL blueliners in assists. The Aurora, Ont., native began the season with Carolina, registering one assist in six games before being assigned to Charlotte on Oct. 28. In 58 NHL games with the Hurricanes, Murphy (5'11", 185 lbs.) has notched two goals and earned 11 assists (13 points). Carolina drafted Murphy in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.