Apr 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Douglas Murray (3) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks Interested in Defenceman Douglas Murray

The Vancouver Canucks are interested in free agent defenceman Douglas Murray, the Vancouver Province reports.

Murray’s agent Anton Thun says he has been speaking with the Canucks throughout the offseason.

“We’ve talked to them off and on all summer,” he told The Province. “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.”

Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman confirmed the Canucks interest.

“We are looking to add another NHL calibre defenceman to our group and have had discussions with numerous agents regarding various players currently available in the market,” Gilman said in a text message to The Province.

The Canucks currently have five defenceman: Dan Hamhuis, Alexander Edler, Jason Garrison, Kevin Bieksa, and Yannick Weber signed to one-way contracts. Chris Tanev is currently a restricted free agent and is expected to be re-signed prior to the start of the season to bring the total number of defencemen to six.

If you factor in rookie defenceman Frank Corrado, the Canucks are still short one defencemen from the usual eight they have carried on the roster.

It was reported in mid-July that the Canucks have been negotiating with Andrew Alberts about a possible return. Alberts has expressed interest in returning.

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