Maine Hockey Journal

German club signs former Pirate

Portland, ME – Another veteran has left the Portland Pirates for Europe as Colin Murphy will join former Pirates Captain Tyler Bouck (signed with Ingolstadt earlier in the month) in the German Elite League after signing a contract with the Augsburger Panthers for the 2009-’10 season.

Murphy signed by the Buffalo Sabres last summer made an immediate impact in the lineup by helping the first-year players in getting acclimated to the riggers of the AHL, but a concussion left the Fort McMurray, Alberta native out of the lineup for nearly two months.

“The bad thing with head injuries is you can’t work out or ride the bike,” said Murphy in a post-game interview on March 28. “It’s like starting over after taking two months off and it really took me a long time after the two months to get my legs back.”

Despite the injury, Murphy found his groove playing 50 games where he scored 13 goals, 17 assists for 30 points playing on a line with Marek Zagrapan.

Pirates’ head coach Kevin Dineen had received several calls from several teams over the regular season as to Murphy’s availability, but he wasn’t parting with the gritty winger, whose character couldn’t be measured on the scoreboard.

“He’s player I fielded a number of calls for,” he said. “Everybody is always searching for character and people who seen him play knows what he brings to the table every night. It’s not just hard work, but a nice skill set that goes along with it.”

Despite playing well the rest of the regular season, Murphy suffered a torn rotator cuff in Game 5 of the Atlantic Division Semifinal against the Providence Bruins.

NOTES: The Buffalo Sabres announced today that Tyler Myers has been signed to a three-year entry-level deal, but it won’t have much effect on the Pirates for the 2009-’10 season. Myers was Buffalo’s first selection (12th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft.

“Tyler is having an outstanding year with the Kelowna Rockets,” said General Manager Darcy Regier. “This past weekend he led the Rockets to the Western Hockey League Championship where he was named playoff MVP. He is a big, strong player who has excellent hockey skills for a 19-year old player. We’re glad to have him signed and look forward to his continued development both on and off the ice.”

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