The Pittsburgh Penguins announced they have re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Tristan Jarry to a two-year deal, worth $675,000 per season at the NHL level. This season the contract is a two-way deal, meaning Jarry will make less in the minors, however, in 2019-20, the deal is a one-way deal.
Jarry, 23, appeared in 26 games last season. He made 23 starts with a 14-6-2 record, a 2.77 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. According to hockeyreference.com, Jarry also had a well above average quality save percentage, .609.
Jarry saw his first real stint in the NHL, last season. He started the final fame of the 2016-17 season to provide a rest for Penguins starting goaltender Matt Murray. Last season, the 6-foot-2, 194-pound Jarry led NHL rookies with 14 wins, and his two shutouts led the Penguins. The British Columbia native was the Penguins second-round choice (44th overall) in 2013.
Jarry struggled slightly against AHL competition, last season. He posted a 9-5-2 record with a paltry .901 save percentage. However, Jarry figures to be the third goalie on the Penguins depth chart behind Murray and Casey DeSmith, to allow Jarry to complete his development with consistent playing time. In 2016-17, Jarry and DeSmith were statistically the best goaltending duo in the AHL. They allowed the fewest goals in the league. Jarry had 28 wins that season.
Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford has now signed all of their qualified restricted free agents. This offseason, the team re-signed Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, Jamie Oleksiak, and Bryan Rust to multi-year deals. The team did not qualify forward Tom Kuhnhackl, and he left via free agency, but they did re-sign center Riley Sheahan, who was also non-tendered.