Sheldon Keefe calls out Matt Murray after another subpar performance

Published March 26, 2023 at 11:11

When the Toronto Maple Leafs picked up goaltender Matt Murray from the Ottawa Senators last offseason, there was certainly a risk involved. It's now late into the 2022-23 season, and the risk hasn't turned into reward.

Following another game where Murray let in at least four goals, a 5-3 loss to Carolina, Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe singled him out, stating bluntly that Murray needs to be better.

"I thought he did a good job for us. But of course, it's difficult to win with any sort of regularity if you have to score more than four. Matt's got to find a way to keep one or two of those out."

Murray's Goals Against Average this season is 2.97, while his save percentage .905. His biggest problem seems to be a complete lack of consistency. Murray can have a good, or even great game here and there, but it will likely be bookended by mediocre, and even downright terrible performances.

The Leafs' major issue is they never know which version of Murray they're going to get. Obviously the hope is that this changes before the playoffs. There isn't much time to turn things around before then, though. Based on what we've seen so far, Ilya Samsonov will be the goalie Toronto relies on in the playoffs.
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Sheldon Keefe calls out Matt Murray after another subpar performance

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