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Monarchs bring back Murray, Werner

mch06_200.jpgThe Manchester Monarchs announced Monday that they have signed center Marty Murray and defenseman Eric Werner to one-year contracts.

Murray returns to the Monarchs following one year in Switzerland with HC Lugano. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound native of Deloraine, Man., wore the Monarchs jersey for 34 games during the 2006-07 season and collected 40 points (12 goals, 28 assists) and 24 penalty minutes. Murray had begun the 2006-07 season with the Philadelphia Phantoms, recording 15 points (2g, 13a) in 11 games, before being claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Kings.

The 33-year-old Murray has 31 goals and 42 assists for 73 points in 261 career NHL regular-season games with the Kings, Philadelphia, Carolina and Calgary. He also has appeared in 270 AHL games with Manchester, Philadelphia and Saint John, compiling 92 goals and 196 assists for 288 points. In the Calder Cup Playoffs, Murray has totaled 65 points in 75 games, winning a championship with the Flames in 2001, reaching the Finals in 1998 and advancing to the conference finals in 1996 and 2007.

Originally drafted by Calgary in 1993, Murray played in the AHL All-Star Game in 1996 and 1997.

Werner, 25, appeared in a total of 74 games with the Monarchs during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, collecting five goals and 31 assists for 36 points. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Gross Pointe Woods, Mich., split last season with Ilves Tampere in Finland and the DEG Metro Stars in Germany.

Werner spent four seasons (2001-05) at the University of Michigan before turning pro.