TORONTO — Matt Murray was placed on long-term injured reserve by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday with an adductor injury.
The goaltender was scheduled to start against the Ottawa Senators, but left morning practice after the first set of drills after consulting with goaltending coach Curtis Sanford.
Murray is expected to be out for at least four weeks. He made 19 saves in his Maple Leafs debut, a 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday after being acquired in a July 11 trade with the Senators.
“He’s been working hard and he’s been healthy all through the offseason, training camp and preseason,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “He worked hard and didn’t miss a second and felt good throughout. To that end, it’s disappointing for him, obviously disappointing for us. We want him to be healthy and happy. “He’s in the net, but these injuries happen and we’ve dealt with a lot of them when it comes to goaltenders over the last two seasons. That’s why we signed two guys.
“We always have Erik Kalgren here, who has done a good job for us and who is coming and there will be opportunities for others. It’s going to create opportunities for us on our roster with the salary cap ($82.5 million) and such, so there are things coming out of that that we can turn into positives.”
Ilya Samsonov made 26 saves in a 3-2 win over the Senators on Saturday. Kallgren was recalled from Toronto of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis to serve as Samsonov’s replacement.
Kallgren went 8-4-1 with a 3.31 goals-against average and .888 save percentage with the Maple Leafs last season. He was injured in an AHL game Friday, but was cleared Saturday.
“I think we’re probably thankful it’s not worse than that and we’re still moving forward,” the Toronto defender said. justin holl said. “You never like to see guys get injured. It’s very painful physically and mentally for guys, so I think we’re grateful it’s not worse. He’s going to be a big part of our team and we’re going to need him.”
The Maple Leafs recalled forwards Wayne Simmonds and Nicholas Robertsonand defender Victor Mete of the AHL on Sunday.