Thursday, October 20, 2016

Contract Extensions (Oct 20)

The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't seen their Stanley Cup winning goalie, Matt Murray, yet in the preseason or the regular season, but that hasn't limited their faith in him, as they have re-signed the potential restricted free agent to a 3-year contract extension, coming in with a salary cap hit of $3.75 million in each season.

Murray had a solid showing at the World Cup of Hockey in September, before breaking his hand in one of the round robin games, but that was the last we have seen of him... until very soon, it seems.  Murray has reported back to practice for the Penguins and he is nearing a return to the crease.

It's not too early to think about the expansion draft now, as you would have to assume that Murray is the protected goaltender for the Penguins, leaving Marc-Andre Fleury to be exposed requirement in the crease for Las Vegas to have a look at.  I would imagine that the Penguins would be trying to get an asset back for a number one goalie, ahead of the expansion draft, but possibly dropping a $5.75 million cap hit for nothing isn't exactly a loss.
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