Leafs swap goalie Matt Murray in deal with Senators

TORONTO — The Maple Leafs’ intense hunt for goaltender Matt Murray is over. The 28-year-old Ottawa Senators goaltender leaves the nation’s capital for Toronto.

Toronto acquired Murray, a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL draft and a seventh-round pick in the 2024 draft from the Senators in exchange for future consideration. Ottawa keeps 25 percent of Murray’s salary as part of the deal.

Murray has played in 246 regular season games with Ottawa (2020-21 to 2021-22) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (2015-16 to 2019-2020) over the course of his seven-year NHL career, averaging a record 132. 78-22 with 2.77 goals against average, a .911 save percentage and 14 shutouts.

In the playoffs, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native holds a 29-21 record with 2.18 goals against average, .921 save percentage and six shutouts. Murray was part of Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup championship team in 2016 and 2017.

In international competition, Murray helped Canada win a silver medal at the 2019 IIHF World Championship and competed with Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Murray was originally selected by the Penguins in the third round (83rd overall) in the 2012 NHL draft.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 11, 2022