Ryan Murray Skated On His Own Sunday, Prior to Game 3 in Columbus

By Sam Blazer on April 14, 2019 at 10:59 am
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray (27) during the first period at Amalie Arena.
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Everything is coming up Blue Jackets right now.

Defenseman Ryan Murray, out of the lineup since Feb. 18, was seen on the ice Sunday morning, hours before the Blue Jackets take to the ice for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Murray was skating with injured players and extras, not part of the team's full morning skate.

Murray, the Blue Jackets' first round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, has 29 points in 56 games this season. He's listed as week-to-week with an upper body injury.

Also skating today were defenseman Adam McQuaid and goalie Elvis Merzlikins. McQuaid is listed as day-to-day after suffering an elbow to the head against Montreal two weeks ago.

Murray played played most of the season paired with Seth Jones or Markus Nutivaara. While seeing him on the ice does not mean Murray's return is imminent, it's a good sign for the Blue Jackets. If the 25-year-old can return to the roster at any point of the postseason, the Jackets are a better team.