Toronto Maple Leafs add Matt Murray in trade with Senators

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Feb 17, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray (30) makes a save on a shot by Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares (91) during the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The rumored trade of Matt Murray from the Ottawa Senators to the Toronto Maple Leafs was completed on Monday night. As part of the deal Toronto also gets a 2023 third-round draft pick and a 2024 seventh-round draft pick in exchange for future considerations.

In order to make the cap work for Toronto the Senators will retain 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.

“We’re thankful for Matt’s contributions and wish him well,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. 

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Matt Murray traded to Maple Leafs

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Oct 1, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Matt Murray (30) stands for the National Anthem prior to start of game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Murray, 28, signed a 4 year extension after he was acquired from the Penguins in the 2020-21 season. In 47 games with the Senators, he has a 15-25-3 record with a GAA of 3.23 and SV% of just .899.

“Matt loved his time in Ottawa,” Murray’s agent Rob Hooper of Octagon Hockey said in a text message to Postmedia. “He believes the Senators have a bright future with a lot of great young players. He wishes nothing but the best for them next season. He’s also very excited as he begins the next chapter of his hockey career with the Toronto Maple Leafs.”

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In his five years with the Penguins, Murray won two Stanley Cups and was part of the 2017 All-Rookie Team. He has career marks of 132-78-22 with a .911 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average.

The Maple Leafs were in the market for a goalie because they offloaded Petr Mrazek to the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade last week and reportedly aren’t close to re-signing pending unrestricted free agent Jack Campbell. Campbell and Mrazek combined to start 65 of Toronto’s 82 games last regular season.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article