Murray recalled by Senators from AHL

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Matt Murray was recalled by the Ottawa Senators from Belleville of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old goalie was assigned to Belleville on Nov. 28, one day after the Senators placed him on waivers. Murray is in the second season of a four-year, $25 million contract ($6.25 million average annual value) he signed with the Senators on Oct. 9, 2020, two days after he was acquired in a trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Murray is 0-5-0 with a 3.26 goals-against average and .890 save percentage in six starts this season. He played in two games for Belleville, going 1-1-0 with a 2.55 GAA and .918 save percentage.

He is 127-71-20 with a 2.76 GAA, .911 save percentage and 13 shutouts in 232 regular-season games (224 starts) with the Penguins and Senators. He’s 29-21 with a 2.18 GAA, .921 save percentage and six shutouts in 51 Stanley Cup Playoff games (50 starts), and won the Stanley Cup twice with Pittsburgh, in 2016 and 2017. 

“But by no means is this on Matt Murray,” Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said Nov. 28. “We want him to be the best goalie possible and give him the best chance. I think a lot of this revolves around – he’s had a lot of injuries and nothing you can do about it — COVID, a lot of things, he’s missed a lot of time and hasn’t been able to get into a rhythm.”

Murray has been limited to six games with the Senators this season; he was in COVID-19 protocol from Nov. 11-20 and was out with an upper-body injury from Oct. 23-Nov. 1.

The other two goalies on Ottawa’s roster, Anton Forsberg and Filip Gustavsson, each is in COVID-19 protocol. 

The Senators (9-17-2) are in seventh place in the eight-team Atlantic Division. Their next game is scheduled against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Ottawa has not played since a 4-3 overtime loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 18; its next five games were postponded because of COVID-19 concerns, including at the Washington Capitals on Monday and against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

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