Matt Murray was traded to the Ottawa Senators by the Pittsburgh Penguins for Jonathan Gruden and a second-round pick (No. 52) in the 2020 NHL Draft on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old goalie was 20-11-5 with a 2.87 goals-against average, .899 save percentage and one shutout in 38 starts with the Penguins this season. He was 1-2-0 with a 2.50 GAA and .914 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, when the fifth-seeded Penguins lost in four games to the No. 12 seed Montreal Canadiens.
“The acquisition of Matt Murray represents an important addition to our lineup,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. “He’s a proven goaltender who has considerable high-pressure experience and someone who we’re certain will serve as a exceptional mentor to our young group of upcoming goaltenders.”
Murray, who can become a restricted free agent Oct. 9, won the Stanley Cup twice (2016, 2017) with the Penguins, but split No. 1 duties with goalie Tristan Jarry this season. Jarry, who was 20-12-1 with a 2.43 GAA and .921 save percentage, signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract (average annual value of $3.5 million) with the Penguins on Oct. 3.
“We would like to thank Matt for everything he’s done in his five seasons with the Penguins,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “He was instrumental to our back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships, and we wish him the best.”
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Selected by the Penguins in the third round (No. 83) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Murray is 117-53-19 with a 2.67 GAA, .914 save percentage and 11 shutouts in 199 regular-season games (193 starts). He is 29-11 with a 2.18 GAA, .921 save percentage and six shutouts in 51 playoff games (50 starts).
Murray won the Stanley Cup as a rookie in 2016, and his 15 playoff wins that season tied the NHL postseason record for a rookie before it was surpassed by Jordan Binnington (16) of the St Louis Blues in 2019.
Gruden scored 66 points (30 goals, 36 assists) in 59 games with London of the Ontario Hockey League this season. Selected by the Senators in the fourth round (No. 95) of the 2018 NHL Draft, the forward played for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program for two seasons from 2016-18. The 20-year-old was an alternate captain for the silver medal-winning United States in the 2018 World Junior Championship.