Penguins Trade Murray To The Senators
The Pittsburgh Penguins trade goaltender Matt Murray to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Jonathan Gruden and a second-round pick (52nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was well known the cap-strapped Penguins were shopping Murray. They re-signed Tristan Jarry, who emerged last season to challenge for the starter’s job last season.
Murray, who won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins, was going to be more expensive to re-sign than Jarry. They weren’t willing to take back salary in this deal, accepting a prospect in Gruden and a chance to land a decent prospect with a second-round pick in this year’s draft. Gruden, 20, tallied 30 goals and 66 points in 59 games last season with the OHL’s London Knights
The Penguins qualified Murray’s rights last weekend. Cap Friendly indicates that will travel with the 26-year-old goalie, allowing the Senators to retain his rights beyond today’s 5 pm deadline for qualifying rights.
The Senators were rumored to be interested in Murray for some time. They needed a new starting goalie with aging Craig Anderson heading to free agency, concern over Anders Nilsson’s ongoing concussion issue, and Marcus Hogberg’s limited experience as an NHL starter.
Murray struggled over the last two seasons with injuries and consistency. If he can regain his form with the Senators, he should bring them much-needed stability and experience between the pipes. It could cost them $6 million annually on a four- or five-year deal to re-sign him.