This would be quite shocking, something no one expected... However, it could be coming a reality if you look at this assessment. 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. There were no additional details on how the injury occurred.
However, one thing we know for sure is that 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.
When you take a look at the Philadelphia Flyers' roster, you notice that they have good depth in between the pipes. The Flyers trust Brian Elliott with the starting role for now, as Michal Neuvirth started the season on the injury reserve and newly acquired Calvin Pickard, who was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, has been the backup. However, once Neuvirth returns, there could be an overload of goalies in Philadelphia.
Enter the Penguins.
The long-time rivals could be willing to put their differences aside and agree to make a trade. We still don't know how long Murray will be out of with his latest concussion, and Neuvirth is expected to be back sooner than later for the Flyers. Philadelphia also has additional depth in the junior with one of the most promising goalies not playing in the NHL in Carter Hart, and Alex Lyon.
In Philadelphia, all three Pickard, Elliott and Neuvirth are set to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2019 and general manager Ron Hextall could be looking to rid himself of one and get a return instead of losing him for nothing during the free agency season.
The Penguins could come calling, and might be desperate to add insurance in between the pipes, 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 Casey DeSmith with the role of Murray for now. The Penguins also recalled Tristan Jarry from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. DeSmith went 6-4-1 with a 2.40 goals against average and .921 save percentage as a rookie last season.