The Colorado Avalanche might be the real test of Matt Murray’s trade value. PHN has been told for months that Colorado was keenly watching the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie situation unfold, and we expect more detailed information to the pro or con in the coming days. With the 2020 NHL Draft just a few weeks away, a Penguins trade is likely sooner than later.
We’ve already mapped potential Penguins trade offerings from the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and Minnesota Wild. Those teams need goalies, and in the cases of Calgary and Edmonton, those organizations need a puckstopper to elevate them to Stanley Cup contention.
Colorado presents a deep toy chest for Penguins GM Jim Rutherford to pick through, but therein lies the problem. Colorado GM Joe Sakic has done a great job stockpiling Grade A prospects and young talent. Youngsters like Cale Makar quickly made the jump to the NHL, and Colorado has more exciting prospects like Alex Newhook and Bowe Byram.
Rutherford can ask, but is Murray worth a top tier prospect? That would buck the trend of the last seven years of goalie trades, and it would run counter to a flooded market, but the Colorado Avalanche has prospects and money to burn.