Senators acquire Matt Murray in a trade with the Penguins

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Pittsburgh Penguins traded goalie Matt Murray to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. In exchange for the talented netminder, the Penguins received Jonathan Gruden and a second-round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

The second-round draft pick turned out to be Sweden goalie Joel Blomqvist. He last played for Oulun Kärpät in the Finnish professional ice hockey league called Liiga.

Former Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray makes a save in Game Three of the 2018 Eastern Conference Second Round of the NHL Playoffs against the Washington Capitals
Matt Murray makes a save in Game Three of the 2018 Eastern Conference Second Round of the NHL Playoffs against the Washington Capitals (Getty Images)

Murray — a restricted free agent — became expendable when the Penguins re-signed Tristan Jarry, who signed a three-year extension. Jarry is 25, while Murray is 26.

“Thank you Pittsburgh for some incredible years,” Murray said on Instagram. “I cherished every opportunity I had to step onto the ice in a Penguins jersey. I learned so much valuable lessons, developed so many great friends, 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.”

Murray spent the last five seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut during the 2015-16 season.

The former third-round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Draft appeared in 199 games with the Penguins. He went 117-53-19 in 193 starts, while also having a .914 save percentage and 2.67 goals against average.

Murray will likely have to compete for the starting job. In 2019-20, the Senators had Marcus Högberg and veteran Craig Anderson to be their goalies.

Anderson may retire in the off-season, as he is 39-years-old. He has been in the sport for nearly two decades.

The 25-year-old Högberg went 5-8-8 in 24 appearances, including 21 starts in 2019-20. He also had a .904 save percentage and a 3.12 goals against average.

Anderson went 11-17-2 in 34 games, including 31 starts. The veteran also had a .902 save percentage and a 3.25 goals against average.

Gruden has not played in an NHL game yet. The center was a fourth-round draft pick by the Senators in the 2018 NHL Draft.

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