NHL News: Matt Murray out 4 weeks for Maple Leafs, and Flyers Owen Tippett on IR
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Matt Murray from the Ottawa Senators along with 2023 third-round draft pick and a 2024 seventh-round draft pick in exchange for future considerations back in July.
In order to make the cap work for Toronto the Senators retained 25% of Murray’s salary bringing his cap hit down from $6.25 million to $4.68 million. He will be an unrestricted free agent in two seasons.
Today, Murray suffered an adductor injury at practice and will miss at least the next four weeks. He has been placed on LTIR.
“It happened in the skate today, he was 100 percent fine (after his start against the Canadiens),” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said.NHL.com
Matt Murray on LTIR
Murray, 28, had a 15-25-3 record with a GAA of 3.23 and SV% of just .899 with the Senators last season.
In his debut with the Leafs, he stopped 19 shots in an eventual 4-3 loss at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens this past Wednesday.
Toronto will now go with Ilya Samsonov as their starter. Erik Kallgren was recalled from the team’s AHL affiliate to be his backup.
The Leafs signed Samsonov in free agency after the Capitals did not make him a qualifying offer.
Samsonov, was Washington’s 2015 first-round draft pick, and went 23-12-5 last season with an .896 save percentage and a 3.02 goals-against average.
In his only appearance for the Leafs this season, he stopped 24 of 26 shots to defeat his old team the Caps on Thursday.
–The Daily Goal Horn
Flyers place Owen Tippett on IR
The Philadelphia Flyers placed forward Owen Tippett on injured reserve Saturday with an upper-body injury.
The team recalled forward Olle Lycksell from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League in a corresponding transaction.
Tippett, 23, played 4 minutes and 20 seconds in Thursday’s season-opening 5-2 win against New Jersey.
He drew a two-minute boarding penalty in the first period for a hit on Devils defenseman Brendan Smith. Tippett left the ice late in the first period after a collision with New Jersey forward Ondrej Palat.
Tippett has 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) in 116 career games with the Florida Panthers and Flyers.
Lycksell, 23, was a sixth-round pick by Philadelphia in 2017 and will be making his NHL debut if he takes the ice in Saturday’s game against the visiting Vancouver Canucks.
–Field Level Media