Senators sign Matt Murray to four-year, $25M extension

The HC Panel discusses the Matt Murray acquisition for Senators, who might be the perfect fit for a young core group, getting a very motivated goalie, out to prove his worth again.

The Ottawa Senators have signed newly acquired goaltender Matt Murray to a four-year, $25-million extension.

Murray's contract has an average annual value of $6.25 million and is broken down as follows: $4 million in 2020-21, $6 million in 2021-22, $7 million in 2022-23 and $8 million in 2023-24.

The 26-year-old was acquired by the Senators on Oct. 7 from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Jonathan Gruden and a 2020 second-round draft pick. A restricted free agent, Murray was coming off a three-year, $11.25-million deal he signed with the Penguins in October 2016.

The Thunder Bay, Ont., native steps into the No. 1 role in Ottawa after sharing time in Pittsburgh this past season with Tristan Jarry, who the Penguins inked to a new three-year deal last week.

Murray won the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons with the Penguins in 2015-16 and 2016-17. He boasts a career record of 117-53-19 in 199 regular-season games since being drafted by Pittsburgh 83rd overall in 2012. Murray has a career goals-against average of 2.67 and a .914 save percentage.

“The acquisition of Matt Murray represents an important addition to our lineup,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a press release. “He’s a proven goaltender who has considerable high-pressure experience and someone who we’re certain will serve as a exceptional mentor to our young group of upcoming goaltenders.”

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