Senators goaltender Matt Murray clears waivers, assigned to AHL

Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray (30) warms up prior to taking on the Winnipeg Jets in NHL hockey action in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray cleared waivers Sunday, while forward Logan Shaw was placed on waivers.

Murray, who has two years remaining on his contract with a $6.25 million AAV, has been assigned to AHL Belleville.

The Thunder Bay, Ont. native has had a turbulent tenure in Ottawa since arriving via trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins in October 2020.

Sportsnet's Jeff Marek reported during Saturday's 32 Thoughts segment on Hockey Night in Canada that the Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes were two possible destinations for Murray if he were claimed.

Murray, who won back-to-back Stanley Cup titles with Pittsburgh, posted a 10-13-1 record with a 3.38 goals-against average and a .893 save percentage last season and is winless this year at 0-5-0 with a 3.26 GAA and .890 save percentage.

The 27-year-old was also placed in COVID-19 protocol earlier this month.

Senators head coach D.J. Smith singled out his netminder after Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks when Murray gave up four goals on 27 shots but wants and hopes that a stint in the AHL can help him get back on track.

"By no means is this on Matt Murray. We want him to be the best goalie possible and give him the best chance. I think a lot of this revolves around the fact he's had a lot of injuries, and there's nothing you can do about it with COVID," Smith told Sens TV. "He's missed a lot of time and hasn't been able to get into a rhythm. We certainly got to play better in front of him as well. We got to take some blame there. But this is about getting his game back."

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