Matt Murray's fate with Leafs could be decided tomorrow

Is he going to be back or not?



The massive experiment by now-former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas paid off in the sense that the franchise was able to advance past Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2004. 

However, both goaltenders that the Leafs brought in during the offseason in Ilya Samsonov and Matt Murray were unavailable at various points during the postseason, and it was 3rd stringer Joseph Woll getting the final two starts of Toronto's season as they would bow out in Round 2 against the upstart Florida Panthers.

Samsonov, who was Toronto's starter during their Round 1 series win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, was hurt in Game 3 against Florida and did not return. Meanwhile, Murray was injured at various points during the regular season before suffering a concussion in April. 

The prevailing thought right now is that new Maple Leafs general manager Brad Treliving could look to buy out the final year of Murray's contract, which carries a cap hit of $6.25 million.

And his fate with the Leafs could be decided tomorrow, as all NHL clubs can start to place players on waivers for buyout purposes.

If new Maple Leafs general manager Brad Treliving elects to buy out Murray's current deal, which has one season left with a cap hit of $6.25 million, the Leafs would save a total of $4 million on their books for next season. However, they they'd owe him $2 million the following year. 

During the regular season, Murray posted a record of 14-8-2 record with a 3.01 goals against average and .903 save percentage.

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