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Canucks eye hulking veteran D-man

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07:25 AM ET 08.14 | At the moment, Vancouver could be looking at some holes on its blue line, and the club apparently has one very big defenseman in mind to help fill them. The Canucks have been kicking the tires on huge free agent defenceman Douglas Murray, his agent confirmed on Tuesday morning. "We've talked to them off and on all summer," said player agent Anton Thun. "At this point we're not close to signing. There are a group of clubs that have interest, so it comes down to the right circumstances and the right dollars. At this point in time there's a gridlock in terms of cap space and money availability with a number of clubs. ... Whenever that starts to shake out, we'll react accordingly as to what might be the right place." The Canucks have just six defencemen signed to NHL contracts next season.

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August 14, 2013  08:26 AM ET

This is a big defensemen. But that's it. He stinks otherwise.

August 14, 2013  08:35 AM ET

I liked what he brought to the table in the few games leading up to the playoffs.
I can't imagine going to the Nucks is attractive with Three Fingers coaching there now.

August 14, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I liked what he brought to the table in the few games leading up to the playoffs. I can't imagine going to the Nucks is attractive with Three Fingers coaching there now.

well, he does coach to defend....

August 14, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This is a big defensemen. But that's it. He stinks otherwise.

How can you not like a guy nicknamed "Crankshaft"?

August 14, 2013  09:37 AM ET

the fact that he is still unsigned speaks volumes

August 14, 2013  09:48 AM ET

He's big, but he's slow. He did produce some highlights when he flattened people either when he ran into them or they ran into him. He also had a couple goals in the Islanders playoff series. Still I don't think to many teams are looking for someone like him.

August 14, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's big, but he's slow. He did produce some highlights when he flattened people either when he ran into them or they ran into him. He also had a couple goals in the Islanders playoff series. Still I don't think to many teams are looking for someone like him.

he'll be a Flyer when the seasonstarts? (philly tweak)

August 14, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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he'll be a Flyer when the seasonstarts? (philly tweak)

If he's really that slow I'm thinkin' Flyers' front office material.

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August 14, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's big, but he's slow.

Well they did love Dana Murzyn (the original lummox) in V Town when he was there.

I do like the fact he doesn't allow folks to call him Dougie though......

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August 14, 2013  11:36 AM ET

In 2010, he was chosen as the 16th-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News. Well Duh.

August 14, 2013  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This is a big defensemen. But that's it. He stinks otherwise.

Why do we call a 6' 3" D-man "hulking" and big? That height is pretty average in today's NHL. And, being that heavy (245 lb at 6' 3") only means that he's slower than most.

August 14, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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How can you not like a guy nicknamed "Crankshaft"?

"Crankshaft" playing with the sisters? Sound like fun!

August 14, 2013  12:17 PM ET
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And, being that heavy (245 lb at 6' 3") only means that he's slower than most.

I'd like to see a sprint between him and The Lummoxen.

OK, maybe sprint is the wrong term.

How about a lumbering forward motion?

August 14, 2013  12:27 PM ET
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I'd like to see a sprint between him and The Lummoxen.OK, maybe sprint is the wrong term.How about a lumbering forward motion?

LOL. If The Lummoxen falls forward, he wins!

August 14, 2013  12:35 PM ET
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well, he does coach to defend....

Yes, but if he dives to block shots, will he ever be able to get back up on his skates?

August 14, 2013  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's big, but he's slow. He did produce some highlights when he flattened people either when he ran into them or they ran into him. He also had a couple goals in the Islanders playoff series. Still I don't think to many teams are looking for someone like him.

Gotta agree on all points. Good guy to have, but at best a #5 defensemen.

August 14, 2013  12:37 PM ET
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the fact that he is still unsigned speaks volumes

Um there was a huge dip in the Cap this season there are a few quality players still out there

 
August 14, 2013  12:38 PM ET
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the fact that he is still unsigned speaks volumes

That ^^^^ was supposed to be with quote 19

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