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Penguins Hand has been forced on Matt Murray

Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford always attempts to act before the market truly develops or becomes flooded.

It’s a yearly occurrence and this off-season, even in a pandemic has been no different with Rutherford dealing his first round pick before all NHL teams could even make transaction, then traded Patric Hornqvist less than two weeks ago.

The status of Matt Murray, though, has been different and much more problematic for Rutherford in trying to strike early before a loaded goaltending market evolves.

Rutherford is one of the most likeable General Managers for NHL executives to trade with because he’s always a believer that you should make it a priority that both sides feel good about a transaction. He doesn’t try to wear down other General Managers in talks.

Rutherford had attempted aggressively to trade Murray several weeks ago. First Pittsburgh targeted specific clubs for Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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