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Penguins Analysis: Nedeljkovic, Blomqvist and Jarry; Contract Fallout

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The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed goalie Alex Nedeljkovic Thursday afternoon, just 11 days before the goalie was to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Penguins splashed a two-year, $5 million contract with a $2.5 million average annual value on the goalie who resurrected his career with the Penguins this season. Nedeljkovic started the final 13 games and appeared in the final 14 as the Penguins desperately charged for a playoff spot.

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The Penguins were unsuccessful, but Nedeljkovic succeeded in showing the team he could be reliable in high-pressure games.

Nedeljkovic finished the 2023-24 season with a .902 save percentage and a minus-1.6 goals-saved-above-average mark.

The fallout was swift as Penguins trade speculation around starting goalie Tristan Jarry exploded. Jarry finished last season with a disappointing .903 save percentage and a minus-0.7 GSAA. Jarry has four more years on his contract signed last July 1, which carries a $5.375 million salary cap hit.

Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now dove into the signing, Joel Blomqvist’s current readiness and career station, as well as the likelihood of a Jarry-Penguins trade. Comment and subscribe!