Matt Murray was a third-round pick (83rd overall selection) for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012 NHL Draft. He is 26 years old and Murray will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
I don’t think Jim Rutherford wants to make another tough goalie decision after the 2020-2021 season due to the expansion draft to Seattle. He had a tough decision to make after the 2016-2017 season with Marc-Andre Fleury leaving him unprotected and being selected by the Vegas Golden Knights.
Matt Murray unfollowed the Pittsburgh Penguins on their social media accounts. On February 24, he was almost traded to the Colorado Avalanche at the trade deadline.
They would have been in good hands anyways with Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith as the goalies. It is looking like that will be the goalie tandem in 2020-2021, but they have to finish the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs first.
They will face the Montreal Canadiens in the qualifying round and I expect Head Coach Mike Sullivan and his staff to have Murray start the playoffs, but he will be on a short leash.
He appeared in 38 games this season and started in all 38 of them. Matt Murray’s record was 20-11-5 with a .899 save percentage and a 2.87 GAA, along with one shutout.
In his career, his record is 117-53-19 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.67 GAA, along with 11 shutouts. Matt Murray played in 199 games and he has started in 193 of them.
He is the heart and soul of the goalie group on this team. They also have one of the better goaltending situations in the NHL.
As for Tristan Jarry, he was an All-Star this season. He is 25 years old. The Penguins selected Jarry in the second round (44th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
In 33 games played this season and in 31 games started, his record was 20-12-1 with a .921 save percentage and a 2.43 GAA, along with three shutouts.
In his career, he has appeared in 62 games and has started in 57 of them. Tristan Jarry’s record is 34-20-4 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.61 GAA, along with five shutouts.
Casey DeSmith is 28 years old. In his career, his record is 21-15-6 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.66 GAA, along with four shutouts. DeSmith has appeared in 50 games and has started in 41 of them.
In 41 games at the AHL level with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this past season, his record was 18-18-2 with a .905 save percentage and a 2.92 GAA, along with three shutouts.
We will see where the goaltending situation goes with Matt Murray when play resumes sometime in late July or early August. The Eastern Conference teams will be reporting to Toronto and the Western Conference teams will be reporting to Edmonton.
The only way Murray is back with the team next season is if he leads them to another Stanley Cup title for the third time in five years. Another way he is back is if the season is for some reason canceled.
They went back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Pittsburgh won in six games against the San Jose Sharks in ’16 and then they won in six games against the Nashville Predators in ’17.
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