The Pittsburgh Penguins and general manager Jim Rutherford gave goalie Tristan Jarry a three-year contract Saturday morning in yet another and final sign that Jarry will be the Penguins goalie Of the future.
And the Matt Murray trade rumors will only intensify now as the Penguins have officially made their choice between the two restricted free agent goalies.
Jarry’s new contract will run through the 2022-23 season and carries an average annual value of $3.5 million.
“Tristan is coming off of an All-Star season and has demonstrated the ability to be a regular starter for us,” said Rutherford. “He is a fundamentally sound young goaltender who we believe is a great asset for the Penguins.”
Jarry, 25, was an All-Star this season. He lead the league through November and December with a near .940 save percentage and a sub 2.00 goals against average.
According to the Penguins, Jarry also set the franchise shutout record at 177:15 minutes between Nov. 29-Dec. 10, which included back-to-back shutouts against St. Louis (Dec. 4) and Arizona (Dec. 6). Two games later, he became just the second goaltender in Penguins history to record three shutouts in four appearances (Marc-Andre Fleury; Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2014).
And Tristan Jarry started Game 4 of the Penguins Qualifying Round loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
The signing means the Penguins now have about $2.5 million remaining for additional restricted free agents Sam Lafferty, Dominik Simon, and to leave a salary cap cushion for short term call-ups.
PHN will have additional coverage and analysis throughout the weekend.