Maple Leafs’ Matt Murray returns for AHL conditioning stint

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Matt Murray (30) defends the net from a shot on goal during first period NHL hockey action against the New Jersey Devils, on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Christopher Katsarov/CP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have assigned goaltender Matt Murray to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies on an LTIR conditioning loan.

Murray allowed five goals on 27 shots on Saturday as the Marlies beat Syracuse 6-5 in a shootout to clinch a playoff spot.

.An LTIR conditioning stint lasts up to six days and three games.

Murray has not played a game this season after undergoing bilateral hip surgery back in October. The injury was expected to keep Murray sidelined for six to eight months.

The 29-year-old returned to the ice and was taking shots last month and was a full participant on Friday.

Murray is entering the final season of his contract with the Maple Leafs but had fallen down the depth chart after missing time with abductor, ankle and head injuries in 2022-23.

Murray last played an NHL game back on April 2, 2023 against the Detroit Red Wings, leaving after 16:16 following a collision with forward Lucas Raymond.

He had a 14-8-2 record with a .903 save percentage in 26 starts last season.

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