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(UPDATED) Penguins Practice: Jarry Out Until After All-Star Break

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Dustin Tokarski Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

CRANBERRY — The Pittsburgh Penguins won’t have No. 1 goaltender Tristan Jarry until after the NHL all-star break because of an unspecified upper-body injury.

They brought up goalie Dustin Tokarski on emergency recall from their farm team in Wilkes-Barre Wednesday morning and sent defenseman Ty Smith, a healthy scratch for the past three games, to their American Hockey League affiliate.

Tokarski arrived in time to participate in the Penguins’ midday practice, in which Jarry was not involved.

Jarry was a late scratch before the Penguins’ 7-6 overtime victory against Florida Tuesday night because of what Mike Sullivan characterized as an upper-body injury.

“We think that will be productive time (off) for him to be at his best,” Sullivan said after practice, adding that he was “not exactly sure” when Jarry was hurt.

He had been scheduled to start against the Panthers, but was replaced by Casey DeSmith, who stopped 33 of 39 shots.

DeSmith figures to be the Penguins’ go-to goalie for however long Jarry is unable to play.

They have two games — Thursday at Washington and Saturday at home against San Jose — before starting their bye week, which runs into the all-star break next weekend.

Smith, who had one goal and three assists in nine NHL games, does not have to clear waivers to return to the AHL.

Blueger Leaves Early

Bottom-six center Teddy Blueger left practice shortly after it began, but it apparently was not because of anything that happened today.

“It was more maintenance than anything,” Sullivan said. “He’s got bumps and bruises that he’s dealing with, so we just made a decision on the ice early in practice to give him the day off.”

Kapanen, Rutta Skate

While Jarry was a no-show, injured right winger Kasperi Kapanen and defenseman Jan Rutta worked out on the ice for about a half-hour before the team practice.

They were joined for the session by assistant coach Ty Hennes and Mike Chiasson, the Penguins’ emergency backup goalie and goaltending instructor at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.

Rutta, who has missed the past five games because of an unspecified upper-body injury, was placed on the Long-Term Injured list Tuesday. He won’t be eligible to rejoin the lineup until the Pittsburgh Penguins’ west coast swing next month.

Kapanen has an unspecified lower-body injury that forced him to sit out the past three games. He was placed on injured-reserve Tuesday, but that move was retroactive to Jan. 18, so Kapanen can return to the lineup at any time after he receives medical clearance.

He was back for the full-team workout and was one of three forwards wearing a white jersey, but said he wasn’t certain if that was intended to keep him out of contact or simply because the coaches wanted to dress a complete line in the same color.

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Joseph Iwasevic
7 days ago

Wonder how bad Jarrys injury is

cacastine
cacastine
7 days ago

Jarry is becoming worse than Murray with the injuries. Im not really blaming the player but, you dont really have a starter if the starter doesnt start enough to be a starter know what I’m saying

Kate
Kate
7 days ago
Reply to  cacastine

I mentioned the reference to Murray last night on the blog. Was a little afraid to do so, but….maybe a comparison to Beau Bennett is better?

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
7 days ago
Reply to  Kate

Both.

Cabigalkr
Cabigalkr
6 days ago
Reply to  cacastine

Said the same thing. Just comes to the rink the night of a game and says he’s hurt. Doesn’t know when he got hurt?
What that about?

Vince Gori’s
7 days ago

Jarry is becoming a concern. He plays lights out but can’t stay healthy. Rough on any goal is being thrown onto the ice unexpectedly. Feel bad for Smith, did a lot of good things withe the call up. Even with injuries defensive depth is not an issue. We have nine NHL caliber defenders and only six spots. Makes it tough on the bubble guys to earn a spot. This is where we could definitely move a body or two, just not Smith.

knobman
knobman
7 days ago
Reply to  Vince Gori’s

If the league wouldn’t have expanded to an insane number of teams and watered-down the talent in the NHL, several of the Dmen with the Pens would be career AHLers. Freidman, Ruh, and maybe POJ and Smith. Dumo doesn’t belong anymore either.

Jeremy Strickler
Jeremy Strickler
7 days ago

The way the coaching staff interacted w Jarry when he was hurt at the Winter Classic was weird. They didn’t pull him right away. He seemed to be telling them he couldn’t go. But he stayed in the game a few minutes. Were they challenging him to stay in the game? Then we heard nothing about his injury or even the process. He comes back and plays 2 pretty good games. Then – Sullivan’s comment is a little iffy: some productive time off to be at his best? I don’t know when he was hurt? I’m starting to think Jarry… Read more »

Dan Kingerski
Admin
6 days ago

DeSmith described that for PHN. Jarry was hedging–tried to stay. Casey didn’t mention that coaches kept him in.