Report: Blackhawks Tried To Land Matt Murray

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman on Monday, the Blackhawks and Penguins were actively engaged in trade negotiations surrounding goaltender Matt Murray.

Friedman tweeted the Blackhawks were granted permission to negotiate a contract extension with Murray, but were unsuccessful. That brought the trade talk to an end.

Murray, 26, will become a restricted free agent this Friday.

Pittsburgh announced Saturday that the team has re-signed goaltender Tristan Jarry to a three-year contract and is now looking to move Murray. The veteran posted a .899 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average in 38 games with the Penguins last year.

25 thoughts on “Report: Blackhawks Tried To Land Matt Murray

  • October 6, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Tupe of move they should make, not sure Murray is elite material anymore though. Struggled since taking no.1 spot and winning cups by times. Rather this type of move than a band aid mid 30s option if it not bringing Crawford back.

  • October 6, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Holtby, Fleury, Murray, Lundqvist, Greiss, Crow… seems there are a lot of potentially starting goaltenders looking for a job right now. It should be a buyer’s market so I hope we do not give up a lot for one. Lehner took $5 mil a year. Jarry signed for $3.5 mil per year and he started the All Star game last year.

    With the flat cap and Covid deflating team revenues, it seems as if prices are taking a sharp downturn….

  • October 6, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Maybe the offer was sooo low that he had to refuse plus does he want to wait 3-5 years to be able to win a Stanley cup?
    I don’t think so.

  • October 6, 2020 at 9:31 am

    He wasnt ever a starter when they won right he was back up with no pressure.

    3.5 m is our number so there must be a goalie who do that.

  • October 6, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Merzlikins who is under contract for 4m a year hit for next 2 years, if the asking price isn’t too crazy, be one who’d i loke to see. Obviously in house prospects aren’ t looked at as potential no.1 goalies.

  • October 6, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Pens Qo’d Murray is being reported, so his starting price for a deal would be 3.75m per year going forward.

  • October 6, 2020 at 11:14 am

    I haven’t followed Murray or the Pens close enough to have an opinion on what accounted for his drop off in play – specifically his 2019/20 save percentage dropping to 0.899 after being above 0.900 in previous years. Anyone have any observations or theories?

  • October 6, 2020 at 11:32 am

    EB don’t think it’s any one thing, he has struggled with injuries, maybe teams have his number a little bit and like the Blackhawks the skills of core players in front of him aren’t what they used to be. A change of scenery may help him find his top game again. He still shows flashes of top form.

  • October 6, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    feels like a buyer’s market for goalies this year, both rfa’s and ufa’s..hopefully the Hawks concentrate on signing their own players and wait out the goalie market..they can always grab a veteran or go back to Crawford if he doesn’t sign right away..but I wouldn’t start giving assets/picks to any team rn for a goalie..

  • October 6, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    @hereismike1..I posted my comment before reading already summarized my thoughts better that I did lol…

  • October 6, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Slayer Hereismike, see what yout saying but key is buyers market. I mean a few years ago Bowman got 3rd rounder for Darlings Ufa rights, no talk about anybody getting anything for any ufa rights this year. Seems to say what teams may be able to back for a goalie they want to move will be in the low range. Sign a mid 30s vet now and be caught in bidding war down the road a couple of years time. Even a drafted goalie in 2nd or 3rd round, which i hope they do, will likely still be 2, 3 otr 4 years away at that point. Getting a goalie coming into his prime now and drafting one who’ll be ready when the prime years of acquired goalie now behind him be worth something to me.

  • October 6, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Trading signing rights lands Columbus a pick. Domi for Anderson. Wouldn’t mind Anderson. If it looks like it doesn’t work out well for Montreal how about Strome’s for Anderson’s rights.

  • October 6, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Priority one for me – KNOW who our next long term goalie is going to be, or KNOW who enters our top pair of the near future. I definitely feel we must solve one of those situations this week/before the season.

    Do what you got to do.

  • October 6, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Strongly believe The Flower will be in net for the remainder of his contract gor the Hawks at 3.5mil maybe 4. Dell Kinkaid or Hutchinson as backup.

    There has to be a UFA forward that will play on a line with Dach and Kane. He will play for a year or two and have big numbers to cash in on his next contract. Thinking Hall or Toffoli at high end.

    Low end I wouldn’t mind having Haula, Vessey, Pitlick or Fast. Maybe Janmark Nosek or Leivo Girgenson will do.

    RFAs Reinhardt and Anthanasiou Lemieux or Ritchie.

    If we’re going to play some kids on D. We can plsy our offense kids too to find out what we have.

  • October 6, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    If it was a buyers market as Hereismike states. Crow would be signed sealed and delivered !
    Stan has a hard time signing anyone one who is worthy ,has beens and worn out over payed players are his specialty .

  • October 6, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    If Crow won’t sign let him walk. Right now he’s being offered fair market value. It’s a buyers market and he’s about on par with most of the guys in his age group on the market. None of them is a long term solution for the Hawks needs.

    He’s making things very difficult for the team too. By holding out for big money and guaranteed playing time he’s holding the team hostage making signing the young studs even more challenging.

    If I’m Stan I say thanks for the memories Crow but you can’t play monster minutes consistently well anymore. And there are needs equal to or greater than signing an aging goalie for big $$$. It is what it is. You can accept the offer or feel free to sign elsewhere.

  • October 6, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Silent, we have 3 yrs to do it I do want to see at least one of those this offseason and 2 more next 2 summers. Doesnt have to be 1 a yr just F ing do it. It has to be done to be added to young wave for a quality deep roster. I would target the ufa top pair Defensemen next 3 summers and make a plan to get one. Based on that get goalie thing and other on any of these 3 yrs but do get at least one this offseason/draft now.

    Even at deadline there might be some available then when not at any other time.

  • October 6, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Quinn gone. 9 more rocks to dodge for Holloway.

  • October 6, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Murray is still young. This goalie can take any team to the Cup. He’s proven that. He’d be a great catch for the Hawks.

  • October 6, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Unless these goaltenders sign in the 4-6 million dollar range or less they won’t be playing for anybody this year.

  • October 7, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    It won’t matter WHO you put in goal until you get defense to support him. Hawks defense is Swiss cheese.

  • October 7, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    As someone who follows both teams (originally from PGH), I think the Hawks should have done it. Murray still has a lot to give. He has a terrible glove hand but shooting high glove is the book on every goaltender, so that’s overrated, IMHO.

    Murray’s rebound control is outstanding and he battles in net. When he is locked in and healthy, he is an exceptional goaltender.

    Murray’s biggest problem is he cannot seem to stay healthy. He would definitely be better in a tandem type situation. The problem is he wants so much money that it doesn’t really work in a tandem.

    Technically, he’s usually very good. There are times were he plays too deep in his net and he gets too small. However, again, that’s true of most goaltenders and a good goalie coach should be able to fix that.

    I think Ottawa got a steal here. I think Murray will do very well for the Senators.

  • October 7, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    As a Chicagoan, and former Thunder Bayer….. this pissed me off.
    Ottawa is a joke of an organization. Don’t get me wrong, it ain’t as bad as The Coyotes or The Panthers, but it’s probably the end of Matt career.
    God damn it. ???

  • October 8, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Well Johnson factor, no goalie would get confidence the way he has played.
    Your starting each game with 15-18 mins with a minus on the ice. My bet is he goes to Ottawa and stands on his head.

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