Glen Murray, bought out by the Bruins over the summer, wants all his money for the 2008-’09 season.
The NHL Players’ Association office in Toronto just now confirmed that it has filed a grievance with NHL headquarters in New York, requesting that the 36-year-old Murray receive his full salary ($4.15 million) for the 2008-’09 season.
Over the summer, the Bruins sent Murray packing, convinced he no longer could be an effective part of their roster. His deal terminated, per the parameters of the CBA, his salary was discounted by a third, and he was to be paid the remaining amount, approximately $2.8 million, over this season and next.
However, Murray contends in the grievance that he remained injured, unable to play, over the summer, and further contends that the CBA prohibits teams from buying out injured players. Murray played with a chronic ankle condition last season and had surgery for it over the summer. The injury, according to the NHLPA, is related to the ankle.
Arbitrator Richard Bloch will preside over a hearing related to the grievance. No dates has been set for that hearing.
The 2008-’09 season was the final year on a four-year, $16.6 million deal Murray signed after the conclusion of the NHL’s 2004-’05 lockout.