New Jersey Devils: 5 Teams That Should Be In On Ryan Murray

New Jersey Devils defenseman Ryan Murray (22): (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Ryan Murray (22): (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Ryan Murray #22 of the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins have been decimated by injuries on defense this season. After losing Torey Krug in the offseason, Brandon Carlo was injured recently, and he could be out for a while. That leaves the Bruins desperately weak on the left side. The right side is doing its best to carry the load, but there’s just nothing coming from the left side at all.

Murray would be a major upgrade for the Bruins. He could slide onto the second line with Connor Clifton and add to the Bruins penalty kill if necessary. He’s a defensive-minded defenseman that just hasn’t been unlocked in Lindy Ruff’s system. In the Bruins defensive system? It might be the perfect situation for him.

The Devils can get creative with this move to make it very worthwhile for both sides. Could they ask for the Bruins 3rd-round pick and/or a mid-tier prospect from their terrible system? Sure, but what would the price be if the Devils also took on some unwanted money while reuniting with a former teammate?

John Moore has been one of the worst signings in the league for the Bruins. They gave him a five-year deal that still has two years left on it. Everyone knew it was a bad deal at the time, and it’s gotten even worse with time. Even with the left side of the Bruins defense playing this bad, Moore has only gotten into five games.

So, if the Devils agree to take back Moore in a Murray deal, would that net a 1st-round pick? It’s two positives for the Bruins and losing a late-round pick in a questionable draft. The Devils could give Moore minutes on what will be a shorthanded defense after the trade deadline, and then they could buy out his contract at the end of the season. He would only cost them a little over $800,000 in 23-24 and 24-25.