Just as the second day of the 2020 NHL Draft got under way, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators completed a trade.
Matt Murray is heading to the Senators in exchange for forward Jonathan Gruden and the 52nd overall pick in this year’s draft.
“We would like to thank Matt for everything he’s done in his five seasons with the Penguins,” said Penguins GM Jim Rutherford. “He was instrumental to our back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships, and we wish him the best.”
After back-to-back titles, Murray dealt with injury issues and then the arrival of Tristan Jarry this past season where he lost his hold on the No. 1 job. With both Jarry and Murray restricted free agents this offseason, Rutherford made his goalie decision when he re-signed Jarry last week to a three-year, $10.5M deal. That put Murray on the crowded goalie market with plenty of teams looking for help in that specific area of their lineup.
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🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Thank you, Pittsburgh for some incredible years. I cherished every opportunity I had to step onto the ice in a Penguins jersey. I learned so many valuable lessons, developed so many great friendships, and experienced some truly awesome moments. Thank you to the city of Pittsburgh, team ownership and management staff, Jim Rutherford, Mike Sullivan, Mike Buckley, all of the assistant coaches, training and equipment staff, PR staff, and any/everyone in the organization. Most importantly, to all of my teammates, thank you for your friendship, your insights, and for always having my back. It means the world to me. I am truly grateful for every opportunity. 🙏🏻🙏🏻
“The acquisition of Matt Murray represents an important addition to our lineup,” said Senators GM Pierre Dorion. “He’s a proven goaltender who has considerable high-pressure experience and someone who we’re certain will serve as a exceptional mentor to our young group of upcoming goaltenders.”
The trade is only the first part for Dorion. The 26-year-old Murray is a restricted free agent and has arbitration rights if an extension cannot be worked out.