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.
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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