February 25, 2012 9:00 PM
Immediately following Saturday night games for each team, the Carolina Hurricanes reassigned goalie Mike Murphy to the Checkers.
Murphy completes his third NHL stint of the season and third of his career having backed up Justin Peters for two games with Carolina. With Hurricanes netminders Cam Ward and Brian Boucher both out with injuries, Murphy has dressed for each of the team’s last three games but has not seen game action since making two relief appearances in December.
With the Hurricanes off until Tuesday, it’s possible that Murphy could again be making his way right back up as Ward and Boucher are both day-to-day, but it’s also becoming increasingly likely that one or both could return – a development that could potentially even result in Peters’ return to Charlotte. The veteran backstop, who was the reigning AHL goalie of the month at the time of his December recall, has appeared in each of Carolina’s last five games and is now 2-3-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .931 save percentage at the NHL level this season.
Murphy’s next appearance for Charlotte will be his first since suffering an injury of his own prior to the Checkers’ game in Norfolk on Jan. 24. John Muse, who Charlotte recalled from the ECHL’s Florida Everblades earlier in the season, is 10-3-2 with a 1.81 goals-against average and .941 save percentage with the Checkers.