Already had one made in advance for Mr. Murphy...Larry Murphy
6'2" / 210 lbs.
As a Penguin (Dec. 1990 - 1995): 336 GP 78 goals, 223 assists, 301 points - playoffs: 74 GP 15 goals, 57 assists, 72 points
Four full seasons + one partial season = 5 seasons
2x Stanley Cup Champion (1991, 1992)
Norris: 3rd, 4th, 5th, t-7th^
All-Star Defense Voting: 3rd*, 4th*, 5th, 8th
* - Second-Team All-Star (x2)
^ - one vote
1x NHL All-Star
[u[Scoring finishes vs. league defensemen:[/u] (partial season ignored)
1991-92: t-3rd in goals, 7th in assists, t-4th in points, t-4th in +/-
1992-93: 5th in goals, 3rd in assists, 3rd in points, 1st in +/-
1993-94: 8th in goals, t-6th in assists, 7th in points
1994-95: 2nd in goals, 12th in assists, t-5th in points, t-18th in +/-Scoring finishes vs. teammates:
(partial season ignored)
1991-92: 1st among d-men (by 20.3%), 4th overall
1992-93: 1st among d-men (by 193.1%), 6th overall
1993-94: 1st among d-men (by 151.7%), 4th overall
1994-95: 1st among d-men (by 137.5%), 5th overallThe usually dubious plus/minus stat vs. teammates:
(partial season ignored)
1991-92: 1st among d-men (and overall)
1992-93: 1st among d-men
1993-94: 3rd among d-men
1994-95: 1st among d-men
From 1991-95: Murphy was a plus-100! Second among all defensemen in that span to Nicklas Lidstrom (plus-101).
- Murphy is the all-time Pens leader among defensemen in plus/minus (+102) and is third overall to Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux.
---Approximate Ice Time as a Penguin
1990-91: #2/3 defenseman, 3rd in overall ATOI
1991-92: #2 defenseman*, 2nd in overall ATOI*
1992-93: #1 defenseman (by nearly 3 minutes!), 1st in overall ATOI (by over 5 minutes!)^
1993-94: #1 defenseman, 1st in overall ATOI
1994-95: #1 defenseman, 1st in overall ATOI
* - Until Coffey was traded, then Murphy took over the reigns.
^ - Projected to have played the most ATOI in the entire NHL by minutes
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Legends of Hockey wrote:'Quiet, thoughtful, methodical,' wrote the National Post, summarizing the outstanding career of Larry Murphy.
The story of Larry Murphy is one of perseverance and longevity. Quietly yet efficiently, Murphy has delivered one of the most productive careers of any blueliner in NHL history.
Murphy's slick playmaking and good slap shot helped Pittsburgh win their first Stanley Cup. Murphy played a huge role in that initial Cup victory, scoring 23 points in 23 games.
Murphy was more of a passer than a rusher, preferring to pinch into the offensive zone while expertly manning the point. He was one of the best I have ever seen at holding the blue line, almost always blocking bad clearing attempts by desperate defensive teams. He was a great skater in his younger days, and possessed an excellent collection of shots.
Though he had good size, he never really played a physical game. He would bump his check off the puck rather than make strong takeouts. He relied on an heady stick checking defensive game that he excelled at due to his great hockey sense, ability to read the oncoming attack, and his flawless positioning.
Former Coach XXXXXX XXXXXX wrote:Murphy was a smart, studious player. It was his understanding of what he could do that made him special. He formed a great partnership in Pittsburgh with XXX XXXXXXXXXX.
He was good because he read the plays so well. He never got flustered.
Jaromir Jagr wrote:He's the smartest player I've ever seen.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Aug. 2, 1995 wrote:Larry Murphy is traded for a defenseman who makes about one-third as much money and has been about one-third the player.