The Penguins received news today that starting goalie Matt Murray will be out for 2-4 weeks. This news arrives at the worst possible time for the Pens who have floundered for the first quarter of the season. With all the talk at the beginning of the season of the potential for the defending cup champions chances at a three peat, their play on the ice has them fighting for the last wildcard spot.
Having moved on from veteran Marc-Andre Fleury at the expansion draft that leaves the Pens with a decision to either start highly regarded back up Tristan Jarry or to seek immediate help through trade. With no room for error in the standings and facing the prospect of a bad run leaving them out of the playoffs, trade rumors are already beginning to swirl.
Long Term Prognosis
The more troubling aspect for the Penguins might be the long term health of Murray. A medical history including five injuries in the last 19 months could have Pittsburgh management quietly questioning if Murray will be able to withstand the rigors of a starters workload at the NHL level.
If they decide to start Jarry and he goes on a run it could easily start a goalie controversy. Murray is currently on a bridge deal through 2019-20 and could be a trade chip if Jarry meets his potential and proves more durable.