If we learned anything about the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending situation last season, it was that no one was particularly a lock for the spot, especially in the second half of the season. Fortunately for Tristan Jarry, he did get enough reps in the crease to put his stamp on being pool worthy, hence the big blog post today.
On Thursday, Jarry and the Penguins came to terms on a new 2-year deal, which will carry a cap hit of $675,000 per season and for now, he would have to be considered the favourite for the backup job at the start of the season. His counterpart in the position, Casey DeSmith, didn't get nearly as many reps, but did get a string of starts when Matt Murray was hurt and does carry the same cap hit as Jarry for next season, so we'll have to wait until training camp to know for sure.
In terms of numbers, Jarry was pretty solid, finishing with 14 wins and 34 points in 26 appearances with the club last year, good enough for 40th overall among all goalies. That's a top 10 backup, in theory.
|Evgeni Malkin||9.500||Kris Letang||7.250||Matt Murray||3.750|
|Sidney Crosby||8.700||Justin Schultz||5.500||Tristan Jarry||0.675|
|Phil Kessel||6.800||Brian Dumoulin||4.100|
|Patric Hornqvist||5.300||Olli Maatta||4.083|
|Carl Hagelin||4.000||Jack Johnson||3.250|
|Bryan Rust||3.500||Jamie Oleksiak||2.138|
|Derick Brassard||3.000||Chad Ruhwedel||0.650|
The Penguins have to be close to closing up shop on this off-season, with only a couple of minor restricted free agents left to work out, I don't see this team adding anything more to their roster. Even if they wanted to, it is going to be difficult, with only $745,000 left in cap space, with this 23-man roster above. I think we can start working on the projections with what we've got here.