Matt Murray

Mark Allan

2017-06-04

 

Matt Murray, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-4

Weight: 179

Born: 1994-05-25

Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2012 by Pittsburgh Penguins, 83rd Overall

 

 

 

Observations:

June 2017 – Being the only NHL team with two Stanley Cup champion goalies on their roster and reaching the Cup final for the second straight June are not a coincidence for the Penguins. After Murray replaced an injured Marc-Andre Fleury and carried Pittsburgh to the 2016 title, Fleury filled in for his ailing counterpart and backstopped the Pens through most of the first three rounds of the 2017 post-season. Surprise! The youngster replaces the veteran again, and Pittsburgh keeps rolling. The unflappable 6-4 Murray used a 2.41 GAA and .923 save percentage to build a 32-10-4 regular-season mark. In his first seven 2017 playoff games, he’s 5-2 with 1.96 and .930 supporting numbers. GM Jim Rutherford will do whatever he must to keep his prized young netminder out of Vegas’ expansion draft clutches. Mark Allan

February 2017 – His GAA has crept up to 2.42 in the early part of 2017 and he lost his most recent start, a 3-2 OT defeat to visiting Calgary. That's the bad news. Murray, still considered a rookie although he backstopped the Penguins to the Stanley Cup, retains a solid .922 save percentage and an even better 19-7-1 record. He has received the lion's share of the starts recently and will surely be kept when veteran Marc-Andre Fleury is traded, perhaps by the March 1 deadline. GM Jim Rutherford even speculated aloud recently that he would listen if Fleury, who has a no-movement clause with a modified provision naming 18 preferred destinations, requested to be moved. Mark Allan

December 2016 – Just when it looked like the gangly 22-year-old had established himself as Pittsburgh's unidisputed netminder, Marc-Andre Fleury recovered from a disastrous outing and was solid in surprising back-to-back wins. Murray then suffered a lower-body injury against Carolina and will be out week to week. Backed up by Tristan Jarry, Fleury will undoubtedly take advant