Murray’s Restricted Free Agency next summer will also force the Penguins’ hand
The Penguins goaltending situation is certain to get awkward at somepoint next season. That is just inevitable.
When expansion happened in the 1990’s, the boys club was still in tact and General Managers often worked out deals behind the scenes to protect a player.
Jim Rutherford keeps hinting in recent weeks that the expansion draft will allow him time before hand to work something out with the Las Vegas team where he could keep Marc Andre Fleury and Matt Murray.
Trading will start on June 1 with the expansion draft officially three weeks later.
The reality of the Penguins situation is Murray becoming a restricted free agent next summer will also force the Penguins’ hand to figure things out.
Pittsburgh could park Murray on the bench next season and have him only make around 25-30 starts and NHL executives are certain Murray would still be a prime candidate for an offer sheet next summer, barring he doesn’t sign an extension with the Penguins beforehand.
Murray has enough on tape from his play in the AHL and the playoff run where he’s now widely looked at around the league as a long-term franchise goaltender.
Someone would jump at the chance if the Fleury situation drags out to next summer and Murray’s opts to go to restricted free agency.
Cullen returning for 20th season but will it be in Pittsburgh?
39 year old center Matt Cullen informed the Penguins on Monday he plans to return for a 20th season.
“Matt Cullen wants to play next year,” Cullen’s agent Pat Morris told Inside Pittsburgh Sports on Tuesday morning.
Will Cullen’s 20th and last season be in Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh is certainly Cullen’s first choice, but because of Pittsburgh’s cap situation, the Cullen camp To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
The Bruins are nuts. First, a high enough offer that Winnepeg wouldn’t match and 2nd having to give up 4 first round picks for Jacob Trouba.
Made more hilarious when you consider they let Hamilton go last year lol
No sam. They gave up on HAMILTON last year. Dougie HAMILTON.
I know queer boy
they also traded Boychuck to the isles
and now all of a sudden they want Trouba
well, that was two years ago, so…. I would say Hamilton being moved last summer is much more pertinent to the conversation. Queer boy.
Another idiot canadian that can’t figure out how to hail a cab.
Perron rumoured to Montreal lol fuckyou sam
Hahahahahahahahahahaha that should help pack the arena!!!
Here’s the thing I don’t get about this expansion draft thing. Lass Vegas will only be allowed to take 1 player from each team. Suppose the Pens protect Murray and not Fleury. Who’s to say that they would even want Fleury. There will be 30 other goalies at a minimum to pick from and perhaps a pretty good other asset available from the Pens.
I’ve pretty much assumed that’s what will happen.
Pens are forced to protect MAF, no supposing… His contract contains an NMC and its automatic.
Oh yeah, duh. Thanks for the reminder zero.
He can waive it, but yes. You can’t go into the draft with those two and risk losing one for nothing – you just can’t. You’re better off moving Murray than doing that. I still think they ultimately end up moving MAF prior to the expansion draft – most likely scenario.
I think the fact that each team is only going to lose 1 player is something fans just aren’t processing, I would exclude Murray from this because he’s a whole different scenario if he has another big year but with that being the case the more players we have exposed the better. I keep seeing people suggest that we should only sign players like Shultz to 1 year deals to protect them from the draft but then you put yourself in a position to lose 2 players instead of 1 if you’re not able to resign the Shultz type player.… Read more »
Trade Murray + prospect to Vegas for the #1 overall pick in the 2017 draft.
That be awesome if they even had the #1 overall pick.
now go fuckyourselfs you fattt fucksss.
Great, more links no one will ever view. Not sure why you still bother.
Don’t just stay in your limited circle and continue being a fat dumb American
Cuba Gooding Jr?
Limited circle from you is hilarious lol
yeah must be the movie scarface clowns
Alex Chiasson started his NHL career with 6 goals in 7 games. At this point I was advised he would be a 40 to 50 goal guy buy the Dallas fan(s) I knew… well he was just traded again but the thing that really stands out… he has yet to reach 40… total lol.
Key words “barring he doesn’t sign an extension before hand”…
why would the goaltending situation become awkard? st.bleury sucks and blew his shot when his buddies gave him the net back in game 5. he is the backup, get used to it, oh fucken well….and you know what…. i looooooooove it!
I’m gonna loooooooooove it when he’s not the backup next year and you’re once again proven to be a total fraud.
I love this fraud – guy sees no game action in two months – and he blew his shot with one game! I’m sure the coaches see it the same way. If he can’t come back and be razor sharp after two months, he’s probably done at 31. What a ridiculous rube argument – and i lovvvvvvvvve it! #Fraud
Ben Lovejoy is going to the Caps.
another ex penguin leaving for caps Ha! caps think everytime they take a penguin player the team is getting better little that they know they only get the Rejects
just like cuba when he got rid of cubans Americans were happy they saved cubans from Fidel yet cubans cleaned the house only thing they got was the prostitutes and convicts in the states
Yeah, just like that.
I’d really like to disagree with this but since I have absolutely no clue what it says it’s hard to come up with a viable argument against it.
He was watching Scarface, he is interpreting it the best he can based on the relatively low intelligence he has available to asses the film.
hashahahaha this is the best post ever, cuba/US relations protitutes and fidel castro, related to a fake rumour regarding ben lovejoy to the caps. You have outdone yourself here
Based on what?
This is like a high octane dumb article. An offer sheet? As if the situation won’t be figured out by then. Whatever Murray is going to make after this year, it’s going to be prohibitive insofar as having them both on the roster. An offer sheet isn’t even “on the radar” as far as concerns go. The doom and gloom surrounding this goaltending situation is teetering on laughable at this point.
I completely disagree, what incentive is there for Murray to sign a team friendly bridge deal if he and his manager feel confident someone will be willing to extend him a long term offer sheet? There isn’t an agent in the world that would allow their client to leave that type of money on the table. Of course the Pens can choose to lock Murray up long term after next season but the price will probably be in the 5M-6M range which pretty much eliminates cost control and cap savings from the equation because either through an extension or matching… Read more »
What incentive is there to sign a team friendly bridge deal anyway? The kid already won a cup – you think he’s giving them a discount?
I don’t but I can definitely see how knowing that could figure into the Pens long term plans and the risk of a nasty negotiation and potential offer sheet could be figuring heavily into the decision to keep both on the roster now. We’ve seen in recent history with players like Saad & Hamilton what can happen when the extension off of a RFA contract and threat of offer sheet can do to a players standing with the team, it could be that the Pens are already preparing for a potential no win situation with Murray and are setting a… Read more »
I don’t know why it would risk a nasty negotiation – quite honsetly, the problem will have solved itself by the time this is even a factor – MAF or Murray is going to move on before negotiations with Murray come to a head – there’ll be no cloud hanging over their head. He’ll either be traded, or he’ll be “the guy.” If they view it as a no-win situation, there’ll be 20 teams chomping at the bit to give up significant assets for a 23 year old with a Cup ring.
I agree that the situation will eventually solve itself but I’m not sure if it will be before the Murray negotiation come to a head, I could honestly see it breaking down very similar to the Saad & Hamilton situations where they trying to sign him right up until the last minute but then move him for a large return when mutual ground can not be found. I hope they can get things done before it gets to that point but if Murray has another great year I could definitely see the negotiations getting hairy and him potentially pricing himself… Read more »
I’m actually quite comfortable moving him if need be. So long as they get proper return, I think they’re fine. So i don’t even view it as problematic. It’s almost like he would force their hand into a king’s ransom. I can live with it.
I’m in the same boat 100%.
Sam was in a boat once, it capsized and he was underwater for a whole 15 minutes. Drs said it was a miracle that brain death did not occur but the damage would require full-time supervision. As we already know his mother is a cheap hooker so she generally locks him in the basement to play with “his friends” online while she is turning tricks in the ethnic neighbourhoods of Montreal.
I don’t usually give thumbs up or thumbs down because I think it’s really stupid but you sir are getting a rare thumbs up.
Malkin healthy yet?
Does he need to be? Even not healthy, he pretty much marched the production of the ‘best player in the world,’ no? One elbow!
clown he was not injured the whole playoffs obviously he came back from an injury he might maybe as media BS got injured in the finals in order to show him he didint really disappear on purpose
when he was taking dumb penalties and using his stick as an axe his hand was moving perfectly in the previous rounds maybe he got injured in the sharks series thats when mid way series he stop taking penalties
Just admit you don’t know what your’e talking about – it’s almost painful to watch you twist in the wind like this, tapdancing around what you know to be fact.
Guy nearly opted for elbow surgery that would have sidelined him for 6 months… how is this still an argument sam?
but i doubt he was injured all the playoffs and as i said the sooner pens got rid of him the better he is always injured
this guy shouldve been moved 2 years ago
pens won the cup but didnt really need him one way or another they wouldve won games still
he only played 1 game in the playoffs and it was vs the rags when he got 4 points in one game other then that he has been medicore
Sam doubts he was injured all the playoffs! It’s the same f’ing elbow he injured in columbus you tard. How can you conclude they didn’t really need him? Him production was on par with the conn smythe winner – WHILE injured. He allowed them to roll four lines instead of having a traditional third line. He and rust were absolute beasts in teh final three games of the tampa series. literally, wtf are you talking about?
People typically have MRIs and need rehabilation when there isnt anything wrong- get a clue pork rind
Ah – Rutherford saying he came back much earlier from the injury than a lot of people would have probably was a lie. You’d likely know more than the GM. Or, you dont’ even know more than Yoda. Who’s a bona fide moron.
Oh my God is this conversation hilarious! Sam trying to suggest that Malkin wasn’t injured the whole playoffs and didn’t get injured until the finals even though he was injured during the regular season is just priceless.
Has Crosby scored yet?
Shero exited about BB and loves his hands apparently
Where did he exit to?