Matt Murray, 2 Draft Picks Traded to Maple Leafs from Senators

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 12, 2022

OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 26: Ottawa Senators Goalie Matt Murray (30) prepares to make a save during first period National Hockey League action between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators on February 26, 2022, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The Ottawa Senators announced Monday that they traded goaltender Matt Murray, a 2023 third-round pick and a 2024 seventh-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Senators receive future considerations in return and retain 25 percent of Murray's outstanding salary. The 28-year-old is due to earn $6.3 million annually over the next two seasons.

luke fox @lukefoxjukebox

With Ottawa retaining 25% of Matt Murray's salary, his cap hit on the Maple Leafs' books is $4.6875 million for the next two seasons.

It appears getting off Murray's contract—or at least the bulk of it—was the primary concern for Ottawa.

CapFriendly @CapFriendly

Although the trade says that the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sens?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Sens</a> received "Future Considerations" in return, the real advantage and motivation for Ottawa in making this deal is the $11,250,000 in actual salary that the club saved on the final two years of Matt Murray's contract.<a href="https://t.co/xIbYAuYoMJ">https://t.co/xIbYAuYoMJ</a> <a href="https://t.co/iOQ54oWRDt">https://t.co/iOQ54oWRDt</a>

This brings an end to his dreadful two-year spell in Ottawa. He had a .899 save percentage and a 3.23 goals-against average in 47 games.

Murray also disclosed in May he suffered a concussion midway through the 2021-22 season. His last appearance was an 8-5 defeat to the Arizona Coyotes on March 5. Going forward, that raises obvious concerns considering he had multiple concussions during his Pittsburgh Penguins run.

Despite the fact that they're getting Murray at a slight discount and collecting two draft picks for their trouble, the downside risk of this swap for the Maple Leafs might not be worth it.

Dean Blundell @ItsDeanBlundell

I wish the Leafs trading for Matt Murray made sense. Hockey or financial. Either or. Not picky.

Justin Bourne @jtbourne

Boy I do not get the Murray thing. Trade screams analytics people throwing up their hands and going “Nobody can figure out who’s a good goalie anyway, maybe Murray bounces back and hey, free assets” or something. But Matt Murray at $4.68x2, I just cannot believe that’s the plan.

Fans are likely to be frustrated if this is the succession plan for Jack Campbell, too. Campbell, who boasted a .914 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against average this year, is an unrestricted free agent.

Maybe the 30-year-old is paid handsomely elsewhere, but plenty will argue re-signing him instead of acquiring Murray was the more sensible route.

Mike Harrington @ByMHarrington

Dopes. They should have just paid Jack Campbell. <a href="https://t.co/8V5l8lsDKQ">https://t.co/8V5l8lsDKQ</a>

Carlo Colaiacovo @CarloColaiacovo

I honestly can’t make any sense of choosing to go with Matt Murray at 4.7 mill which is 300k less than what Jack Campbell is gonna make <a href="https://t.co/xSicMlWdPT">https://t.co/xSicMlWdPT</a>

Per TSN's Pierre LeBrun, Toronto's search for a goaltender won't stop with Murray. The Leafs "will look at what's out there."

Perhaps general manager Kyle Dubas has something up his sleeve that will put Monday's transaction into a different context. For now, the Dubas will have to work overtime to win over the skeptics.