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'Extremely motivated' Matt Murray excited for opportunity with Maple Leafs


Matt Murray is excited about the opportunity.


He also knows there are more than a few doubters among his new team's fan base.


The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired the goaltender from the Ottawa Senators on Monday along with a third-round pick in the 2023 draft and a seventh-rounder in 2024 for future considerations.


The move by Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas for the two-time Stanley Cup winner is a bold one as Toronto looks to finally get over its first-round playoff hump - and hopefully beyond.


Despite solid career numbers, Murray's statistical profile has fallen off the last three seasons, including two in the nation's capital, due to both poor play and injury.


Jack Campbell, Toronto's No. 1 goalie in 2021-22, appears poised to leave in free agency, while the Leafs dealt underperforming netminder Petr Mrazek to the Chicago Blackhawks to clear salary cap space and pave the way for the Murray move.


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