Signings For August 22nd (Murray, Tanev, Alberts, Grabovski)

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Douglas Murray was the highlight of the day when it was announced that he signed a 1-year, 1.5M contract with the Montreal Canadiens. The next signing of the day was when the Carolina Hurricanes signed a 3-year entry level contract with the undrafted Russian forward Sergey Tolchinsky. The day continued when the Capitals signed their 23rd overall draft pick Andre Burakovsky to an entry level contract, the Canucks re-signed defenceman Chris Tanev to a 1-year 2-way contract worth 1.5M (same as Murray), the Canucks re-signed defenceman Andrew Alberts to a 1-year 600K contract, and Chicago agreed to terms with their 2012 first round draft pick Teuvo Teräväinen to an entry level contract. Washington had the last signing of the day signing a contract with recently bought-out forward Mikhail Grabovski to a 1-year deal worth 3M.

Murray, a defensive defenceman at 6’3″ and 245 lbs, has 55 assists and 62 points in 465 games while playing 7 1/2 seasons with the Sharks and 1/5 a season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After a disappointing playoff performance and the cap to consider Pittsburgh let Murray fall to free agency were he was signed by Montreal.

Sergey Tolchinsky has posted good numbers with 51 points in 62 games last season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He said that the day he was passed over at the draft was the worst day of his life.

Andre Burakovsky had 7 points in 13 games with the Malmo Jr. of the Swedish Jr. League and 11 points in 43 games in the Sweden-2 league. He was rated 5th out of all European draft eligible players and was drafted 23rd overall by the Washington Capitals. He also had a impressive performance in the Sweden Jr. U18 with Malmo U18 when he posted 6 goals and 10 points in 3 games.

Chris Tanev was very relieved to be resigned, he had 5 assists and 7 points in 38 games last season and was posted a total of 8 assists and 10 points in 92 games with the Canucks over 3 seasons.

Andrew Alberts posted 1 assist and 1 point in 23 games with Vancouver this past season and has a total of  47 assists and 55 points in 449 games over 8 seasons with the Bruins, Flyers, Hurricanes, and Canucks.

Teuvo Teräväinen was drafted 18th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013 draft but did not convert to the pros for his first year. In Finland he had 31 points in 44 games with the Helsinki Jokerit and had 11 points in 6 games at the last World Junior Championship.

Mikhail Grabovski was recently bought-out by the Toronto Maple Leafs but he recently signed with the playoff contending Washington Capitals. He had a good 16 points in 48 games last season and a great total of 217 points in 367 games over 7 seasons with the Habs and Leafs, and drafted 150th overall in the 5th round of the 2004 Entry Level Draft.

This has been an exciting day of free agency, the second of such this week. Thank you for reading,

~Jordan Lowther