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Canes reassign Murphy to Checkers

The Carolina Hurricanes on Monday reassigned defenseman Ryan Murphy to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

Murphy will join the Checkers for the team’s final two regular-season games on Thursday and Friday in Cleveland against the Lake Erie Monsters. Charlotte is in a tight race for a spot in the AHL’s Western Conference playoffs and can secure a postseason berth with wins in both games against the Monsters.

Murphy, 23, has split the 2015-16 season between the Hurricanes and the Checkers. He earned 10 assists in 35 NHL games with Carolina, and has seven goals and 15 assists in 30 AHL games with Charlotte.

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