Whew. The Pittsburgh Penguins trade that seemed to be forever waiting finally occurred when the team dealt two-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie Matt Murray to the Ottawa Senators for a second-round pick (52nd overall), and prospect Johnathan Gruden.
After initial speculation that Penguins GM Jim Rutherford pushed for a first-rounder in return, and some question if Murray priced himself out of Chicago, the Penguins return fit into historical norms as the team received a second-round pick and a second-tier prospect.
PHN spoke with a juniors scout who offered this after the Penguins trade:
“He’s most likely a few years away from the NHL; AHL next year. He’s an all-around player who is good at everything but not elite at one thing. He can get quicker.”
The scout also said a few things Penguins will want to hear.