The Detroit Red Wings and GM Steve Yzerman are said to be in the market for goaltending help, with long-tenured veteran Jimmy Howard not expected to return next season.
And while there will be a bevy of options for the team to choose from via free agency, one particular avenue they could explore is the trade market.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have two restricted free agents-to be in Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry – at least one of whom is rumored to be on the way out due to salary cap issues. While Murray helped the Penguins to two Stanley Cup titles in a row, he’s struggled at times since during the regular season. Meanwhile, Jarry has emerged as the potential goalie of the future in the Steel City.
And now, we’ve gotten a glimpse at the reported asking price the Penguins are requesting in return for Murray, as evidenced by NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun.
Former Red Wings GM Ken Holland, now with the Edmonton Oilers, has reportedly been eying Murray, but the asking price of a 1st round draft pick in return proved to be too much.
The Red Wings landed the 4th overall selection in this year’s 2020 Draft, and there’s been no indication that Yzerman would be willing to part with it in order to land goaltending help.
If a 1st round selection is what it would take to land Murray, Yzerman and the Red Wings would be better suited looking at the multiple options they’ll have available to them in free agency.