Matt Murray (Toronto) out for 4-6 weeks
Ricky Gray | October 17, 2022
The goaltender suffered a hip injury that will have him sidelined this month.
Goaltender Matt Murray has been placed on long-term injured with a hip injury that will see him sidelined for 4-6 weeks.
Murray left the team's morning skate last week with what coach Sheldon Keefe later called “groin discomfort.”
It hasn’t been announced whether the injury will require surgery but it would seem that only rest is needed for the time being.
Ilya Samsonov will be the starting goalie for now, with rookie Erik Kallgren recalled from the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.
Toronto traded for Murray from the Ottowa Senators in July, taking on the final two seasons of Murray's four-year, $25m contract.
Ottawa's coach DJ Smith commented: “Matt, unfortunately here, was just injured all the time. Take nothing away from him. He was just hurt all the time. He had a lot of bad luck.”
In his time with the Maple Leafs, Murray has started only one game, a 4-3 season-opening defeat to Montreal.
After being traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Ottowa Senators, his second season in Ottawa resulted in Murray being sidelined by a concussion and upper and lower body ailments.
This game ended with Murray allowing the game-winning goal by Josh Anderson with 19 seconds left in regulation. Perhaps they’ll have better luck with Samsonov.
Samsonov had been with the Capitals his entire NHL career up until being picked up by Toronto, he shared the net last season with Vitek Vanecek and posted a 23-12-5 record with .896 SV%.
Murray can still be effective when healthy, posting .906 SV% for Ottawa last season in limited action. Since it’s the beginning of the season, perhaps he’ll stay healthy once he returns.