Murray made an immediate impact last season with the Penguins. He took over as Marc-Andre Fleury’s backup midseason and when Fleury was injured going in to the playoffs, Murray assumed the #1 job early in the first round and never looked back. In 13 regular season games, he posted a 9-2-1 record with a 2.00 GAA and a .930 SV% and put up similar results in 21 postseason contests, going 15-6 with a 2.08 GAA and a .923 SV%.
His strong play earned Murray a spot on Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey. However, he broke his hand and missed the majority of the tournament and as a result, has yet to play this season. He skated on Wednesday for the first time since the injury and is likely a couple of weeks away from returning to game action. In the meantime, waiver acquisition Mike Condon will continue to back up Fleury.
Moving forward, the Penguins have a lot of money tied up in their goalies as Fleury carries a cap hit of $5.75MM for two more seasons after this one. They can only protect one goalie in the upcoming expansion draft and Fleury has a no-move clause so this will be a situation to closely follow moving forward. With the contract, Pittsburgh now has just over $60MM committed to 14 players for next season.