On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that star goalie Matt Murray is out indefinitely with a concussion. Head coach Mike Sullivan revealed Murray suffered the concussion during practice Monday and reported potential symptoms to the training staff immediately following the skate. Murray has a bad history with concussions. This is the third time in his NHL career the 24-year-old Murray has been diagnosed with one, his second concussion in eight months. And to be honest, the young netminder has struggled since the 2018-19 season started, allowing 13 goals so far against two teams.
However, there were positive signs on Thursday when Murray was on the ice before his teammates jumped up for a skate. Two days after being diagnosed with another concussion, the young goalie skated on his own and met media members afterwards.
The Penguins are facing the Vegas Golden Knights and Murray is not expected to start in the contest. After the skate, the star netminder was asked if he knew how the head injury had taken place and when, and his strange answer has fans wondering what is really happening with him.
According to hockey reporter Dan Kingerski, Murray revealed that he can pinpoint when the concussion happened... but declined to share.
Why? There seems to be this weird element of mystery that Murray wants to keep to himself and obviously, Penguins fans are worried that the oft-injured goaltender could be hiding something else.
On top of that, Murray did not rule out that he could be a backup for tonight's contest against the Golden Knights. While Casey DeSmith is expected to make the start, coach Sullivan first said they would make a final decision on Murray’s status for the game on Thursday, but later informed reporters that he won't be available tonight.
The reality is that the situation in between the pipes in Pittsburgh is getting more and more worrisome, especially since they cannot count on Marc-Andre Fleury to be their saviour. For now though, before the can consider the Flyers a trade partner, they will need to trust DeSmith with the role of Murray for now. The Penguins also recalled Tristan Jarry from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis on Thursday. DeSmith went 6-4-1 with a 2.40 goals against average and .921 save percentage as a rookie last season.