How Should The Penguins Handle Matt Murray?

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By 93.7 The Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- After another playoff disappointment, the Penguins have an interesting case on their hands with Matt Murray.

Here's a guy who has two Stanley Cup championship to his credit and is still just 26 years old. But, after the past two postseasons in particular, his performance has left more to be desired.

 Now he enters a restricted free agent season with a younger, statistically better (in 2019-20 at least) goalie in Tristan Jarry on the same roster. So what do they do? 

Monday on The PM Team, NHL insider Pierre McGuire calculated that Matt Murray's value would around $8-9 million per year if he went to arbitration. Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack of The Fan Morning Show didn't necessarily agree with that statement and said this isn't as complicated as we might think. 

"Two things about what Pierre said. One...I don't know who's giving Matt Murray $8 or $9 million a year. Certainly not the Pittsburgh Penguins. Maybe if he hit the market as an unrestricted free agent, there would be someone out there that would be willing to go to that number, but certainly not here," said Mack. "Second of all, I think it's real simple for Jim Rutherford. Your goaltender of the future is the guy who started Game 4 and played in the All-Star Game and looked better than the other guy throughout the entirety of the regular season. He is the guy you're going forward with. They're both restricted free agents, but you'll figure it out with Jarry." 

"With Matt Murray, it's real simple. You make a move with him now. By move I mean you trade his restricted free agent rights to someone who's interested in a #1goaltender between now and the opening up of free agency in October. Get whatever you can for him this offseason." 

Colin Dunlap said, "Let Toronto or Ottawa overpay for him, honestly.The $8 or $9 million just sounds crazy. You have to try to find the evidence that this restricted free agent asset, which he is, is going to get you something in a trade. I don't know what the fair market value is on what he's done in the past to what he's doing right now. That's the big question.

It might not be as big of a trade chip as you think. There are some general managers that are going to look at this and say, 'He's won 2 Stanley Cups.' There are other general managers that are going to look at this and say, 'What's he done in the last 15 playoff games he's played.' 

Chris believes there would be at least 3 or 4 teams that would jump at the opportunity to trade for Murray.       

Do you agree with this potential move with Murray? 

You can listen to this entire conversation from The Fan Morning Show Tuesday below. 
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