The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Matt Murray to a 3-year, $11.75 million extension. That averages out to $3.75 million per year.
This decision comes on the heels of Murray winning 15 games over the course of the playoffs last season and helping push the Penguins to a Stanley Cup championship.
Murray was scheduled to become an RFA at the end of this season. With the deal, the Penguins buy out three years of restricted free agency and give Murray a bridge deal.
Jim Rutherford said that the Penguins have been in talks with Murray on resigning since training camp opened and got the deal done without it becoming a distraction.
The deal will raise obvious questions about the future of long time goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, although this deal doesn’t necessarily spell an end to his tenure in Pittsburgh quite yet.
As I previously stated, the Penguins were going to have to sign Murray anyway. The Penguins goal is to win games and both netminders give them a chance to win on any given night. The obvious longer term answer will be to trade Fleury prior to the expansion draft, if the opportunity arises.
Regardless, Matt Murray is a Stanley Cup champion and the Penguins are committed to his services for three more seasons beyond this one.