Friedman on Murray, Penguins

Matt Murray’s name has been tugging at the edges of trade rumor circles this week.

Darren Dreger dropped a hint of it on Thursday, and it was Elliotte Friedman’s turn on Friday during a Friday morning radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960.

The entry point to this particular part of the discussion came when Friedman was asked by co-host Rhett Warrener if he thought the Pittsburgh Penguins questioned letting Marc-Andre Fleury go and keeping Matt Murray in the Vegas expansion draft.

Friedman spent a few minutes going over the conundrum faced by the Penguins at the time, and then visited present day with Murray.

“I don’t know if anybody saw what’s happening now,” continued Friedman. “He’s hurt, but there’s no question there’s something going on between the ears. And we’re starting to hear some pretty soft trade rumors with him.

“I think one of the reasons that’s coming is the Penguins are not happy with where they are, although since Crosby’s gotten back they’ve been a lot better. But there’s no goaltending available in this league - no good goaltending.

“You guys saw it when Smith was struggling and we weren’t sure if Rittich was going to be able to take the net, we were talking about who are you going to trade for. Well, who are you going to trade for that A) you’d want, and B), comes at a price you’d be willing to pay. There’s not a lot of guys. So I think that’s a little bit of why Murray’s name is getting out there.

“But I don’t think you can question why the Penguins did what they did. They were forced into making a choice, and I’m sorry, but you’re going with the younger guy - especially since he won two Cups for you.”

Murray is in the second season of a three-year, $11.25 million contract that carries a cap hit of $3.75 million.

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