Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pens' Murray Dealing With Broken Hand

Still catching up on injury news from the weekend... the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that goalie Matt Murray will need another 3-to-6 weeks to recover from a broken hand, which he suffered in the World Cup this Fall.

Last season, Murray was the media darling, as he guided the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup championship in the Spring and he didn't play enough games in the regular season to remove his rookie status.

If the hand needs the entire six weeks from now to heal up, that wouldn't put him into the Penguins lineup until November and that would be quite the loss of time to not have a goalie in your lineup, but if you're going to be stuck with a back-up goalie of ill-repute, one might want to take Murray before that happens.

Of course, we know how good he was in the playoffs, but in his 13 regular season appearances, taking over for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury, he did amass 20 points and did finish as the 52nd ranked goalie in pool scoring.  With this injury now, Fleury will go back to likely being the opening night starter, but there is some reasonable belief that the number one job is Murray's, when he returns.

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