NHL Rumors: Sens’ Matt Murray going on waivers, latest on J.T. Miller trade talk

Matt Murray waivers
Nov 24, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray (30) reacts after the goal during the third period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Murray and the Ottawa Senators did not expect to be here, but according to Elliotte Friedman the Sens will likely place the goalie on waivers.

Murray, 27, signed a 4 year extension worth $6.25 after he was acquired from the Penguins before the start of last season.

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NHL Rumors: Matt Murray going on waivers

The former two-time Stanley Cup Champion has struggled since joining the Senators.

In his brief time with the Sens he is 10-18-1 with a GAA of 3.35 and SV% of just .892 in 33 appearances. Murray is also winless this season for Ottawa (0-5-0).

Will someone take a chance on Murray with his contract? If no one takes him, what will the Senators do? This move seems to raise more questions than it does answers.

One team that may opt to take a chance are the Ottawa Senators.

Latest on J.T. Miller trade talk

J.T. MILLER TRADE RUMORS
Nov 13, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vancouver Canucks center J.T. Miller (9) scores on this first period shot against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

As the Canucks continue to lose, one player that could move is 28 year-old forward J.T. Miller.

Miller has one more year left on his deal worth $5.25M before becoming a UFA. He’s also been extremely productive with 19 points in 19 games for Vancouver this season. Since joining the Canucks he has 137 points in 141 contests.

Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province recently indicated the Wild are interested in acquiring Miller.

In a Miller acquisition, the Wild would likely dangle winger Kevin Fiala, 25, who has had ample opportunity to score, but has just three goals despite 58 shots — which speaks to his minuscule 5.1 shooting percentage. He’s also in the final year of a contract that carries a US $5.1-million salary cap hit.

The Province

However, according to The Athletic’s Harman Dayal he has not heard that Miller is actually being shopped.

“I do not believe the Canucks are actively shopping Miller,” he writes. “Vancouver’s still focused on trying to find answers to salvage this season and it’s hard to see how a solution to that would involve the team trading its best point producer.”

Miller is on our list of top trade bait candidates.