Three somewhat seasons now into the Matt Murray era and three years in a row, we’re dealing with a finicky injury of his. From concussions to groin pulls and everything high and low, Murray seems to end up on the injury report more than a goalie should.
We are all Matt Murray people. I mean, what’s not to love about the bright eye’d, bushy tailed young pup, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada? He’s our guy, our fearless goalie. But for how many games in a season?
In terms of longevity, he’s got miles and miles ahead of him, though we as fans might have to come to grips that Murray just can’t remain healthy for the 82 game stretch.
For the first time in over a decade, the Penguins are in unchartered territory at the goalie position. That is of course, for at least a week. Murray is allegedly week to week, but hockey reports are so ominously vague, who really knows?
Now the Penguins actually have to worry about who’s in net. Marc-Andre Fleury isn’t the replacement.
What a thought to have.
Yes, it’s certainly true that Tristan Jarry has looked substantially promising, but that is with only a single digit number of games. Hopefully this trend continues and the Fleury-Murray fan favorite combo becomes Jarry-Murray and get’s the same amount of love.
In defense of Murray, many of his injuries are unfortunate fluke type plays, like getting crashed into the net or mistaken whack of the stick. Is this just harsh luck or common place?
When he’s here, he shows up in games, there’s no doubt about that. But I think as we move forward for this season and future season’s as well, the Penguins backup plan should be at a higher priority than other teams. Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the mouth. Just ask the Vegas Golden Knights about their goalie adventure.