Earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Penguins traded goalie Matt Murray to the Ottawa Senators in return for forward Jonathan Gruden and a 2020 second-round draft pick (52nd overall), which waspreviously acquired from theColumbus Blue Jackets.
The Senators were happy to fix their goaltending issues, though they still need to get Murray under contract to make things complete and official.
On Friday, they announced that Murray agreed to a four-year, $25 million contract.
It was recently reported thatMurray is seeking quite the pay raise of the upcoming season, seeking to earn $6 million annually. He gets more in Ottawa, seeing that he will earn $6,25 million per season.
That’s a big win for the goalie, though some folks wonder if he truly deserves it. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins, but has struggled since and explains why the Penguins weren’t willing to keep him on board. Murray posted a 20-11-5 record in 38 games with the Penguins this season, along with a 2.87 goals-against-average, a .899 save percentage and one shutout. Over 199 career NHL games, all with the Penguins, Murray has earned a record of 117-53-19, a 2.67 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
We believe that despite these two championships, Murray will now have to prove he deserves this much money in Ottawa. Let’s see if he’s up for it.