Quite a few developments from Pittsburgh’s crease today.
Earlier, in case you missed it, the Pens traded Mike Condon to Ottawa for a fifth-round pick. That move coincided with tonight’s development — Matt Murray, who hasn’t played this year due to a hand injury, will make his season debut when Pittsburgh takes on the Ducks in Anaheim.
With Murray back in the fold and Marc-Andre Fleury still firmly entrenched, Condon was the odd man out in Pittsburgh.
Now, we’ll see who takes the reins as the club’s No .1.
Murray, of course, backstopped the club to the Stanley Cup last spring, leading to great speculation about Fleury’s future with the club. But Murray got hurt at the World Cup, opening the door for Fleury to get significant ice time — he’s played all but 20 minutes this year — and led GM Jim Rutherford to suggest that both netminders could be with the club for the foreseeable future.
So that’s the Pittsburgh side of things.
Anaheim has some questions in goal as well, though they pertain solely to this evening.
John Gibson, who’s shouldered a massive workload lately with Jonathan Bernier hurt, could get a rest after shutting out Los Angeles last night. Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said Bernier is “available to the hockey club” this evening, so read into that what you will.
— After allowing four goals on 10 shots and getting pulled against Florida on Sunday, Petr Mrazek returns to start for the Red Wings. He’ll be up against Michal Neuvirth who, along with Steve Mason, has struggled to start the year for the Flyers.