NHL Network's Dave Reid On Matt Murray: 'I'm Not Sure If His Makeup Is There'

Reid is concerned that Murray is too skinny to stay healthy

Matt Koll
November 28, 2018 - 11:04 am
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- NHL Network analyst Dave Reid played in the NHL for 18 years as a left winger, amassed 369 career points and played in over 80 regular season games with Boston in '93-'94 and Dallas in '96-'97.

Reid joined The Fan Morning Show on Wednesday and expressed how perturbed he is about Penguins goaltender Matt Murray's injury history. 

"I'm hoping he gets back on, as well as every other Pittsburgh fan out there, but I'm not sure if his make up is there," said Reid. "I remember seeing him in juniors [and] he was always this tall, skinny kid. I know he's grown into his body a little more than he was but that to me was always a concern."

"I played with a lot of goaltenders who were...I wouldn't say frail but...the bigger and the heavier, the stronger the goaltender, the more confidence you have that he's going to be able to withstand some of the physical play in the game and the crashing of the net, especially in today's game. So, I'm a little concerned with the amount of injuries that he's had and the fact that he's not able to consistently stay in the net."        

Reid did heap some praise on newcomer Tanner Pearson though, another player he observed playing junior hockey. Reid said the Penguins lost some speed in getting rid of Carl Hagelin but gained more goal-scoring ability with Pearson.

"He's always shown he's got the hockey IQ, the understanding of the game," said Reid. "Hagelin is more of a third-line guy, I think Tanner Pearson is definitely a top two-line scorer. At the time [of the trade] I thought it was what LA needed more than what Pittsburgh needed because LA needed that speed. But I think it's gone the other way, not [because of] the fact that Hagelin is injured but the fact that Pearson is scoring some goals and getting involved in the offense."

"I think at the end of the day both teams will get what they wanted out of the trade. For Pittsburgh, they got a player who is younger and who potentially could be a 20 to 25 goal scorer for the next four [or] five years."  

Reid finished by giving his take on Jack Johnson's ability at this point in his career. 

"He's not what he was when he came into the league as everybody expected him to be this 1 or 2 defenseman. I think he can be a solid defenseman who can move the puck but he has to be put with the right player at the right time. [With] a lot of defenseman I played with, you put them with a younger guy or you put him with a guy who's struggling to [get them to] elevate their game. He's not that type of player. He's a complimentary player. I think he's more comfortable in the third pairing." 

You can hear the entire interview with NHL Network's Dave Reid on The Fan Morning Show below.         



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