When the Pittsburgh Penguins brought in Jordan Binnington during expansion, the writing was on the wall.  One could say that a line was drawn in the sand when backup goalie Eric Comrie put pen to paper signing a team friendly three year deal earlier this week. 

"I guess you could say I felt the heat coming.  I had a feeling my time here in Pittsburgh was over," said netminder Matt Murray before boarding a plane to Boston. 

The Stanley Cup winning goaltender was shipped out of Pittsburgh to the Boston Bruins in exchange for shutdown defender Brett Kulak and promising young prospect Tristan Broz. 

This move was thought to be inevitable with Murray being on the chopping block for well over a year now.  Since his Stanley Cup victory in 2018, Murray has not been the same goaltender.  Nagging injuries and a sudden loss of his father rattled the Thunder Bay native to his core, to the point when he did not appear to be the same player guading the Penguins net. 

"I had a bad stretch there.  I am thankful that the Bruins believe in me," Murray continued. 

The truth of the matter is that this deal had to be made to free up some much needed cap relief, $1,450,000 to be exact. 

"We felt that it was important to start the year with some breathing room.  This deal allows us to pop the top button so to speak.  Loosen the tie," The Penguins GM stated while watching the Penguins prospects skate at the team's development camp. 

A new Penguin was on the ice skating with his young peers.  Upon hearing the news late last even, Tristan Broz departed for Pittsburgh immediately to attend this morning's skate.

"I am a little sluggish this morning, but I am excited to be here," Broz said with a smile.  

In Broz, the Penguins are getting a young versatile forward who projects to be a future utility, up and down your roster type of guy. 

The Penguins also shored up their blueline.  The smooth skating Brett Kulak should be a welcomed addition to a defence core that is continually evolving. 

"Brett is a durable guy who is very underrated.  We think that his impressive skating and defensive play will really come in handy next season.  I like the fact that we have the option to extend him next year to a long term deal.  We will see how things play out," The Pens GM finished.