Matt Murray signed a four-year, $ 25 million contract with the Ottawa Senators on Friday. It has an average annual value of $ 6.25 million.
The Senators offered Murray a qualifying offer on Wednesday that kept him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. He just signed a three-year, $ 11.25 million contract (average annual value of $ 3.75 million) that he signed with the Penguins on October 20, 2016.
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Murray could have become an unrestricted free agent after next season, but has said he doesn’t want to come to that.
“Hopefully we can do something so that I can be here for years to come,” Murray said Thursday. “It’s a place I know quite well. I live a few [hours’] go now. I played in the Ontario Hockey League, so I played in Ottawa [a lot] grow. I’m from Thunder Bay, so I’m a kid from Ontario. And, yes, this represents a great opportunity for me and my family.
“I see a really good fit there so I’m very excited. ”
Murray won the Stanley Cup twice (2016, 2017) with the Penguins, but shared his duties as first Tristan jarry last season. Murray was 20-11-5 with a 2.87 goals-against average, 0.899 save percentage and shutout in 38 games for Pittsburgh last season. He was 1-2 with a GAA score of 2.50 and a .914 save percentage in the Stanley Cup best of five playoffs, when the No.5 seed of the Penguins lost in four games. against the No. 12 seeded Montreal Canadiens.
Jarry, who was 20-12-1 with a GAA of 2.43 and a savings percentage of 0.921, signed a three-year contract of $ 10.5 million (average annual value of $ 3.5 million ) with the Penguins on October 3.
Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said Wednesday that Murray “without a doubt” will be Ottawa’s number one goalie next season.
Partly because of Jarry’s contract, Murray said he wasn’t surprised by the trade that sent him to the Senators for forward Jonathan Gruden and a second-round pick (No.52) in the draft. 2020 NHL Championship, which the Penguins used to select Karpat goaltender Joel Blomqvist to the Finland Junior League on Wednesday. Murray said he sees it as a clean slate and a new chapter in his career.
“I see a team that is going in the right direction and is heading there quite quickly,” said Murray. “I paid a little attention to the draft a few days ago and yesterday. It’s a young team full of talent and absolutely going in the right direction. ”
The Senators (25-34-12, 0.437 percentage points) finished 15th in the Eastern Conference this season and missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for a third straight season. They had three first-round draft picks, including two in the top five. Ottawa selected forward Tim Stuetzle in 3rd place with a pick from the San Jose Sharks in a trade for the defenseman Erik Karlsson September 13, 2018; defenseman Jake Sanderson in 5th place with his own first round selection; and center Ridly Greig at No.28 with the acquired choice of the New York Islanders in the Jean-Gabriel Pageau trade 24 feb.
“When we made the trade we had nothing in hand, but we know how important the stability of the goalie position is, especially as we move forward as a team,” said Dorion. “Matt has played in times of high pressure and will stabilize our defense with his presence there, and he brings a presence. He’s also someone who really wanted to be here, who really wanted to be a part of the process and said a lot about him. ”
Some Senators players have contacted Murray, including the forward Brady Tkachuk, the 21-year-old who led Ottawa with 44 points (21 goals, 23 assists) last season. The two have worked together near Toronto in the past.
“Brady shot me most of the summer of last year, so I got to know him pretty well there,” Murray said.
Murray had nothing but positive things to say about the Penguins and fond memories of his time in Pittsburgh, which selected him in the third round (83rd) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
“So many moments stand out, I can’t pick one,” he says. “Just those moments in the locker room, I would say, especially after those two Cup wins. Obviously a lot of fun times. But it’s hard to identify one specific thing that I remember the most. I think there were so many and I’m so lucky to be part of such a great team and to have so many moments like that. ”
Murray revealed he was set to become a father for the first time in January.
“The next step is, hopefully, to do a contract with Ottawa and then start looking to move and buy a house and everything,” he said. “Now that the trade has taken place and everything is starting to fall into place, there is certainly a lot of excitement. “