Pittsburgh Penguins GM Kevin Cheveldayoff on what he’s learned from the loss of Ryan Murray
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in a tough spot when it comes to the loss on Wednesday of their top goaltender Ryan Murray.
The Penguins, who won four of five games and are on pace for a sixth straight playoff appearance, were swept in four games by the Dallas Stars, who are now on a four-game win streak.
The Penguins are 2-1-1 in the series with the Stars, with one game left in the regular season.
The Stars, meanwhile, are 3-1, but have lost three straight games, including a 3-2 loss at home to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
Murray, 23, had a strong performance on Sunday and has been stellar in the playoffs.
He has four shutouts and one goal against the Stars.
But the Penguins, in the midst of a playoff run that started in April, will be counting on Murray to be the face of their franchise.
Murray has a strong pedigree in Pittsburgh, having spent the previous two seasons with the Penguins.
The first of those seasons ended in October, after Murray was traded to the Nashville Predators.
The Predators sent Murray to Pittsburgh to be part of a four way deal that sent forward Anthony Duclair and defenseman Mattias Ekholm to Nashville.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the Predators were interested in trading Murray but that Murray would have to be on their roster.
Murray had a very strong season with the Predators, going 19-8-2 with a 2.37 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, but his numbers have fallen off dramatically over the past two seasons.
He finished with a 5.05 goals-per-game average, his lowest mark in the NHL.
The Capitals had a solid playoff run last year, but Murray is coming off of a disappointing season with Washington.
He had an .899 save percentage in 15 playoff games and was 1-4 with a 4.03 goals-allowed average.
The Capitals went 3-7-2 during the postseason, and Murray was named the NHL’s MVP after leading the league in saves with 19.
Murray was expected to be traded during the trade deadline but he didn’t make the team.
The Flyers were a big target and the Penguins were one of several teams that were interested.
Murray is a young goaltender, who is also 31.
He is in the prime of his career, but it would be a big shock if he wasn’t dealt during the offseason.