It's not a done deal, but it looks like the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team will be losing junior left winger Jordy Murray to the pros.
"I told the coaching staff and my teammates that unless something changes in the next couple of days that I will be leaving,'' Murray said Tuesday.
Murray, who finished second on the Badgers with 18 goals last season, has a unique opportunity to play in Switzerland, but rules regarding his eligibility to do so are likely to change soon. If he passes up the chance to go and the rules are rewritten, Murray will essentially forfeit access to a coveted roster spot and the six-figure salary that goes with it.
Jordy's father, Andy, has spent most of April in Europe trying to get to the bottom of the matter. A resolution is expected this week.
"It's hard to do this,'' Jordy Murray said. "But I think everyone understands.''
In the event Murray leaves, he will be the second underclassman to leave the Badgers and ninth to bolt a Western Collegiate Hockey Association school this season. UW junior defenseman Jake Gardiner signed a NHL contract with Toronto last month.
Murray would be 13th underclassman to leave Madison since UW coach Mike Eaves took over in 2002.