In an interview before training camp, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brad Treliving revealed that Matt Murray would need “significant” surgery that would take months to recover from. No other details were provided, in an effort to maintain Murray’s privacy.
The Leafs shared that Murray would begin the season on long-term injured reserve back in July and have been preparing for Ilya Samsonov to take the starter’s net ever since. Little detail was provided for why Murray would be on LTIR at the time and, while this update isn’t entirely telling in its own right, it seems fans now have a sense of what to expect with one of the newest Leafs goalies.
Murray posted a .903 save percentage and 14-8-2 record in only 26 games last season, his first with the Maple Leafs. The 29-year-old goalie carries a $4.6875MM cap hit this season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
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- Treliving also shared that defender Jake Muzzin won’t play this season. Muzzin suffered a cervical spine fracture in November of 2022 that’s put his entire playing career into doubt. This latest announcement doesn’t add much optimism either. Muzzin is also on an expiring contract, carrying a $5.625MM cap hit through the season.
- Treliving also provided an update on top winger William Nylander, sharing that getting Nylander signed to an extension was a priority for the team. This update falls in line with what fans have been hearing recently, but getting it emphasized from the general manager is good assurance to those worried that the Leafs may lose their 40-goal scorer.