Senators put goalie Matt Murray in waivers, less that 2 years into the 4-year, $25M agreement

D.J. Smith, the Ottawa Senators’ goaltender, has been placed on waivers. Smith made the announcement Saturday, less than 14 month after he signed a five-year, $25m contract with Ottawa Senators. Two-time Stanley Cup champion Smith was a healthy scratch against Ducks on Friday, behind Anton Forsberg (and Filip Gustavsson).

Murray, 27, has had a rough start to the season despite a strong preseason. In six appearances, Murray is 0-5 with a 3.26 goals-against and.890 save percentage.

Murray, who had won two Cup titles with the Pittsburgh Penguins in five seasons, arrived in Ottawa via trade in October last year and signed a new contract just two days later. The agreement has a $6.25M cap hit and base salaries in the range of $6 million this season, $7 million in 2022/23, and $8 million 2023-24. It also includes a modified no-trade clause (10 team).

Murray recorded a 3.38 GAA in Ottawa and a.893 Save percentage in 27 games in 2020-21. Murray had a 2.67 GAA, and a.914 Save percentage in five seasons with Pittsburgh.

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