NEWS: #mnwild has acquired defenseman Michael Kapla from New Jersey in exchange for defenseman Ryan Murphy.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) January 31, 2019
Murphy, 25, appeared in 23 games as a member of the Wild after signing as a free agent in 2017. The Aurora, Ont., native was originally drafted 12th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2011, though has never really lived up to the hype since. In 174 career NHL games between the Hurricanes and Wild, the smooth skating offensive defenceman has scored just eight times, adding 34 assists along the way. In 35 games with Iowa in the AHL this season, he has three goals and 12 assists.
Kapla, meanwhile, has scored one goal and added 15 assists in 45 games with the Binghamton Devils in the AHL this season. The 24-year-old left shot defenceman signed as a free agent out of the University of Massachusetts Lowell with the Devils in 2017, but has appeared in just five NHL games — and none since the end of the 2016-17 season. He carries a cap hit of $874,125 and will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.