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Murray to miss time for “personal family matter,” DeSmith recalled

Matt Murray returned home to Ontario to deal with a “personal family matter” and listed as out indefinitely. Where does that leave the Pens?

NHL: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Early Friday morning, the Penguins announced they had recalled goaltender Casey DeSmith from the AHL.

It was an interesting development with the team coming off their CBA mandated bye week and no known injuries to either Matt Murray or Tristan Jarry. Speculation began to swirl on social media, including a rumor stating that Jarry’s return flight from vacation was delayed due to snow and the DeSmith call up was simply an insurance policy.

Shortly thereafter, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted an update from a confirmed source within the organization but it was Matt Murray who had to be replaced due to a family issue.

As the team gathered at the Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry to practice before tomorrow’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, the official Penguins twitter account broke the news about Murray’s absence.

Following practice, head coach Mike Sullivan offered an update on Murray, his status going forward, and how the team will handle the situation.

With Murray listed as day-to-day and no timetable given for his return to the team, the Penguins will roll with Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith at goaltender. Jarry will start tomorrow’s game against the Red Wings, set to kick off at 1:00 PM at PPG Paints Arena.

The starter for Sunday night’s game against the New York Rangers is TBD.

We will update this post with more information if/when it becomes available.