Carolina sends Ryan Murphy back to junior team

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have sent first-round draft pick Ryan Murphy back to his junior hockey team in Kitchener, Ontario.

The team announced the move Thursday. The 18-year-old defenseman made the 23-man roster to start the season but was a healthy scratch for all four games.

Under the NHL's collective bargaining agreement, the Hurricanes could send him back to his junior team but could not assign him to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

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