Penguins Trade Talk: Jarry Auditioning for Toronto in Dominant Win?
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Penguins Trade Talk: Jarry Auditioning for Toronto in Dominant Win?

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The Pittsburgh Penguins trade talk picked up Saturday night when Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston linked the Penguins backup goalies to Toronto on Hockey Night in Canada. The Penguins have a pair of backup goalies playing very well at the moment. Tristan Jarry, who is currently at the NHL level because his small $675,000 salary was more palatable to the cash-strapped Penguins at the beginning of the regular season, has played lights out in his four NHL starts this season. Former backup Casey DeSmith, who is on an NHL contract but playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL, is also standing on his head.

Both goalies are behind Matt Murray on the Penguins depth chart, and the Penguins are believed to have tried to move Jarry before the start of the regular season.

Saturday night, Chris Johnston told a Canadian TV audience during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada that Jarry or DeSmith could be had but Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is waiting for the right offer.

“I do believe that they would be willing to move one of these guys (Jarry or DeSmith) if the right offer came along,” Johnston said. Read the Sportsnet story and watch the segment here.

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Jarry stoned Toronto Saturday night with a 32 save performance in the Penguins 6-1 win at PPG Paints Arena.

On the season, Jarry is now 2-3 with a sparkling .929 save percentage (before the win over Toronto) and 2.25 GAA (stat also not including the Toronto win); numbers which only improved after tonight’s 6-1 victory. In all four of his starts, Jarry has posted at least a .930 save percentage.

The 28-year old DeSmith is 7-4 with two shutouts, a 2.52 GAA and a .916 save percentage with the Baby Pens. In his NHL career, DeSmith is 21-15-6 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.66 GAA.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. BIG B

    November 16, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Why is nobody talking about how good Jack Johnson has been, he is now plus 5 after going plus 9 when he moved back to his proper side last year.If this team trades a goalie it better be for a great and i mean great deal as there is no incentive to weaken the depth in a year when everybody is hurt with a number 1 goalie who always gets hurt.After this game and Murrays umpteenth muff that coast the the NJ game last night Jarry should get the next start but for sure one of the two NYI games.

    • Kenneth Joseph Troutman

      November 17, 2019 at 3:03 am

      Lol murray is only one proven number one and only his biggest haters can say a 2 gaa performance was a miffed or jerk isnt a.1 this year. Back ups always have better numbers if they are any good.

    • Hatrick Pornqvist

      November 17, 2019 at 11:44 am

      Nobody is talking about Jack because they spent a year saying he was complete garbage and they went so far that if they say anything good about him now they will feel like they look stupid. It’s literally that simple. On all the pens’ sites it’s the same way. Crickets.

  2. Jc

    November 16, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    If the Pens trade Jarry they would regret it he has out played Murray every time he has been called on. That would be a huge mistake. Murray has not shown he is the future pens goalie with his play. Trade Desmith or Murray but not Jarry.

    • Kenneth Joseph Troutman

      November 17, 2019 at 3:07 am

      Larry has 4 good games at nhl level and let’s trade the guy with a career 917 save and who IS playing like a number one this year and who has a .919 or better save in 3 of 4 nhl seasons? And who by all professional analyst has had a great start. And he has. You’re an imbalanced human who has murray problems. Backups numbers always look great.

      • Jc

        November 17, 2019 at 7:54 am

        Hey no need for the insults we all can have our opinions. I understand your a Murray apologist. Jarrys Pedegree is starting to show. The Tampa game he was awesome making acrobatic saves on almost 50 shots. I would not sign Murray the way he has played the last couple years he can’t stay healthy and with the emergence of Jerry’s play depends will give that a lot of thought don’t think they won’t watch

  3. Jc

    November 17, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Even Errey last night was talking about Jarrys play and don’t think it’s going unnoticed by Penguins management he is starting to rise eyebrows on during the game yes a back up that is out playing the starter. And his Pedegree could be way higher than Murray. There is a reason Murray is not resigned right now and it’s not because of cap issues. It’s let’s see how he plays this year and if he can stay healthy and right now Jarry is turning heads not his fault he is not playing much he deserves to be playing a lot more. By the way a like Murray I think he is a good goalie his health is questionable and Jarry is making things interesting.
    Jarry is not in the Nhl right now because of cap issues that trade was made he is here to challenge Murray and possibly when that role next year.

  4. BIG B

    November 17, 2019 at 10:49 am

    He has more than 4 good nhl games as 2 years ago he won 14 and would have been the back-up last year but he did not require waivers.He should be kept in case MURRAY can’t be signed at a reasonable rate.

  5. Cal

    November 17, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    The questions may be a) what would the Pens get if they traded Murray. b) would that make the Pens a better team. Murray has proven he is good enough to win (see Tom Barrasso) , but I really like Jarry’s upside and what would that return on trading him be? But having the luxury of also having DeSmith, one would think something has to give with 3 quality goaltenders.

    • Randal L

      November 19, 2019 at 7:12 am

      I understand all the arguments but let’s not forget the expansion draft coming up. Don’t trade a goalie until you sign Jarry and see if you lose one in the draft. I’m kind of leaning towards Jarry because of his youth and upside. Murray’s been great and a big part of two cups,but he dose have two big flaws .Staying healthy and a less than average glove that all teams shoot for. I’m not saying one over the other yet just wait till the right time to play your cards.

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