The speculation for who stays, and who goes between Matt Murray, and Tristan Jarry continues, although GM Jim Rutherford has hinted that he would rather move Murray who is currently a restricted free agent.
After coming into the NHL and helping the Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016, and 2017, Murray has had a few tough years. This year including where he started just 38 games, recording 20 wins, and a goals against average of 2.87, along with a save percentage of .899.
At just 26 years old Murray does have time to turn this around and get back to being in the category of an elite goalie; maybe a new beginning is just what he needs.
Where could that new beginning be? I can think of three teams that would be willing to take a chance on the two time Stanley Cup champion.
For the past few seasons it has been clear what Edmonton needs to get back to their winning ways of the 1980s, as Connor McDavid, and Leon Draisaitl make up the deadliest duo in the NHL as the two tallied 207 points combined this past season.
As incredible as that is, it is just not enough night in and night out for two guys to carry the team.
Edmonton needs a goalie that can save the day on those off nights that McDavid, and Draisaitl may have throughout the duration of an 82 game regular season.
Mike Smith, 38, and Mikko Koskinen, 32, simply do not cut it, the Oilers may as well take a chance on a goalie looking for a fresh start with several years remaining before that 30-year old mark.
Give the Oilers a goalie that can not only get them to the playoffs, but steal a couple games they would not have won without a solid goaltending? That could be dangerous for the rest of the NHL.
Another Pacific Division team that has been on the cusp of being a legit contender, over simply a playoff team.
With guys like Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, and Sean Monahan up front, the Flames have been a difficult team for many teams to beat, however when it comes to playing a top five, top ten team that’s when things get hairy for Calgary.
This past season neither Cam Talbot, nor David Rittich were able to record a 2.50 or lower goals against average, which played a crucial role in how the Flames’ season turned out.
Likewise as Edmonton, give a Calgary Flames team has some depth, and decent Defense a goalie that can come in clutch, and not many teams are going to be looking forward to playing them one time, let alone a seven game series.
Murray certainly would not be going far if this were to happen as division foe Carolina could definitely being looking to close up a few gaps in their goaltending aspect of the game.
Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour has people taking the Hurricanes seriously again, although after being eliminated in the First Round, Carolina is going to be looking to take it to the next level.
With Petr Mrazek, and James Reimer not showing a stellar performance for the Hurricanes this past season, and playoffs goaltending could be the first area management, and coaching staff look at.
Teams such as Washington, and Pittsburgh are starting to show some signs of age, and slowing down which gives Carolina a perfect time to invest in their team.
At the end of the day either Tristan Jarry, or Matt Murray will be leaving the Penguins, as of right now the signs are pointing Murray’s way.
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