Thursday, November 22, 2018

Murray Hurt, Jarry Recalled

It's a day off in the hockey world today, but the doctors seem to still be working for the teams and the Pittsburgh Penguins got hit with some bad news on US Thanksgiving Thursday. The team announced that goaltender Matt Murray has been placed on the Injured Reserve with a lower-body injury.

The coaching staff said that Murray had been dealing with this lower-body injury for the last couple of weeks and after his evaluation today, they determined that the timetable for the injury is longer-term, which isn't good news at all.

The 24-year old keeper has only appeared in 11 games for the Penguins this year and has posted 4 wins and 10 points in the hockey pool, nowhere near where he should be, considering the high expectations of the Penguins this season.

Murray becomes the second goaltender selected in the 1st round to go down with a significant injury in the last couple of weeks, as Wilton took him with the last pick of the opening round, 25th overall.  Unfortunately for our pool comrade, the actual timeline for Murray and his return is still up in the air, so it will be a toss up as to whether or not he'll want to part ways with the Penguins keeper during the Waiver Draft next week. 

Currently, Wilton's team sits in 17th place and has the potential to fall a little bit further, possibly improving his pick next week, when the draft order is finalized on Monday morning.

In relation to this bit of bad news, Neil will have his Pittsburgh goalie, Tristan Jarry, back in the fold for the time being and that adds to the intrigue of whether or not he'll be dropped next week either.  Jarry was a certain possibility to hold the number two spot this season, but lost out to Casey DeSmith in the end, spending the better part of the first segment of the season in the minors.  Clearly, DeSmith's stock value has shot through the roof in recent weeks, getting more starts and now assuming the number one job for the time being.

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