Senators Stanley Cup Odds Listed at +10000 After Acquiring Murray From Penguins

The Ottawa Senators acquired Matt Murray from the Pittsburgh Penguins to be their No. 1 goalie. Photo by @penguins (Twitter).

  • The Ottawa Senators have +10000 odds to win the Stanley Cup after acquiring  Stanley Cup-winning goalie Matt Murray from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Murray will replace Craig Anderson as the Senators’ number one goalie in Ottawa
  • See the Stanley Cup odds after this trade and Day 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft

The Ottawa Senators continued to be a mover and shaker in the NHL Draft by acquiring Matt Murray to be their number one goalie. They gave up prospect Jonathan Gruden and a 2020 second-round draft pick.

On Friday, the Senators had three first round picks and drafted German Tim Stutzle (No. 3), considered the best skater in the draft. At No. 5, the Senators claimed Jake Sanderson, considered either the best or second-best defenceman. Late in the first round, Ottawa GM Pierre Dorian selected Ridly Grieg, the grittiest forward in the draft.

The Senators owned the NHL’s second-worst record (25-34-12) in 2019-20, but now have one of the league’s best collections of prospects. In the short term, the Senators are +10000 in the Stanley Cup odds. 

2021 Stanley Cup Odds

Team Odds
Colorado Avalanche +750
Vegas Golden Knights +950
Tampa Bay Lightning +950
Boston Bruins +1100
Philadelphia Flyers +1400
Pittsburgh Penguins +1600
Washington Capitals +1600
St. Louis Blues +1800
Toronto Maple Leafs +1900
Dallas Stars +2000
Edmonton Oilers +2100
Carolina Hurricanes +2300
New York Islanders +2600
New York Rangers +2600
Nashville Predators +2700
Vancouver Canucks +3100
Calgary Flames +3100
Florida Panthers +3300
Winnipeg Jets +3300
Columbus Blue Jackets +3800
San Jose Sharks +4000
Minnesota Wild +4700
Montreal Canadiens +4700
Arizona Coyotes +4900
Chicago Blackhawks +4900
Los Angeles Kings +5500
New Jersey Devils +5500
Anaheim Ducks +6000
Buffalo Sabres +6000
Ottawa Senators +10000
Detroit Red Wings +11000

Odds taken  Oct. 7 at FanDuel.

Murray Can’t Transform the Senators in One Season

At 26, Murray is young enough to be the Senators’ starting goalie for several years. General manager Pierre Dorion’s hope is that Murray will be in net when the Senators are Stanley Cup contenders.

However, that won’t be for a while.

If Murray performs like he did when helping the Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, he can help the young Senators be more competitive immediately. This is a goalie who owns a career playoff goals-against average (GAA) of 2.18 and a save percentage of .921. When the Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, he posted GAAs of 2.08 and 1.70.

The only concern for the Senators is that Murray is coming off a poor season during which he had a save percentage of .899.  When the Penguins had to choose between Murray and Tristan Jarry, they chose Jarry.

The Senators still have to sign Murray, but that isn’t expected to be a problem.

Penguins Won’t Regret Goalie Decision

The Penguins expect Murray to be effective for the Senators who have young players needing the confidence that comes from having consistency in net.

That being said, the Penguins are happy to retain Jarry who outplayed Murray last season. Jarry had a 2.43 GAA, compared to Murray’s 2.87.

The Penguins recently signed Jarry to a three-year contract worth $3.5 million per season. It’s likely Murray will want more and receive more, but this was more than an economic decision.

The expectation is the Penguins will be looking for an inexpensive veteran to pair with Jarry. If the Golden Knights buy out Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins might consider him.

With  Tristan Jarry as their primary goaltender, the Penguins still believe they can contend.

Gruden Potentially a Sleeper for Penguins

Acquired in the Matt Murray trade, the Penguins believe forward Jonathan Gruden has  NHL in his blood. His father Jon played in the NHL briefly and is a New York Islanders assistant coach.

The younger Gruden isn’t ready for the NHL yet, but scored 30 goals for London in the Ontario Hockey League last season.

The Murray Deal Will Pay Off More in 2021-22

With the talent the Senators have in the pipeline, and the addition of Murray and Friday’s first rounders, the Senators boast the NHL’s best collection of skilled youngsters. They will probably push toward a .500 record next season, and then be a playoff team in 2021-22.

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