Sheldon Keefe provides significant update on Matt Murray

Published February 26, 2024 at 6:48 PM

This summer, there was a lot of speculation over what might happen with Matt Murray, whether it be a trade, a buyout or LTIR. Obviously we now know that a hip injury would have prevented him from playing at the top of his game this season, and so he and the Leafs opted to have the veteran goaltender undergo surgery to repair the damage.

A few weeks ago, the Leafs shared some good news regarding Murray's health status and now there continues to be good news on the Matt Murray front.

The two-time Stanley Cup winner had undergone successful bilateral hip surgery on October 9th of 2023 and his initial timetable was expected to be anywhere from 6-8 months.

Today, however, Murray was on the ice facing pucks on Monday afternoon. He is currently working with goaltending coach Curtis Sanford and is progressing well. Sheldon Keefe stated that Murray will continue to see pucks as he works his way back from the surgery.

If Murray is set to make a return around the six month recovery mark, that would be before mid-April. If he miraculously returns around then, he could be given the opportunity to get into a couple of games before the regular season finishes, salary cap permitting. At this point, though, it appears far more likely that Murray will take his time to ensure that he's at 100% before he makes his return. There's a chance that could happen in the playoffs if the Leafs go deep - albeit a very, very slim chance.

If Murray does reach 100% by May, that would mean that the Leafs will have four capable NHL goaltenders, which will account for plenty of insurance in case any injuries occur.
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Sheldon Keefe provides significant update on Matt Murray

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