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Source: Penguins Look for Veteran Goalie; Jarry, Malkin Safe from Kraken

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LAS VEGAS — The Pittsburgh Penguins trade rumors and free agency whispers are true. The team is indeed looking for an experienced backup goalie to fortify the net should Tristan Jarry struggle in the regular season, or especially the postseason, as he did last month in the Penguins Round One loss to the New York Islanders.

A well-placed source in the Penguins organization confirmed the Penguins trade or free agency plans to PHN on Monday in response to recent public chatter and media speculation about the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft.

Tristan Jarry will be protected in the coming expansion draft. So, too, will Evgeni Malkin.

“There’s only place Evgeni might consider waiving his no-movement clause for,” the source said, indicating Seattle was a no-go and was not under consideration.

PHN has reported multiple times that “one” place is Florida, where Malkin lives, and his family seems to enjoy it. Though GM Ron Hextall also quelled any Malkin-Penguins trade rumors last week by including Malkin in the Penguins’ plans and staying in win-now mode. dd

Malkin has a full no-movement clause. So, it would require his permission to expose him to Seattle. In other words, don’t expect any crazy moves on that front.

Penguins backup goalie Casey DeSmith is currently the goalie the team expects to expose.

DeSmith appears to be a victim of circumstance, again. After signing a three-year NHL deal following the 2018-19 season, he was demoted to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, in part, because he made a few hundred thousand bucks more than Tristan Jarry.

Jarry not only claimed the backup spot but pushed past starter Matt Murray, too.

Despite DeSmith showing himself to be a capable puck stopper and solid NHL backup. He was not available in the playoffs due to a soft-tissue LBI.

The Penguins are looking for a veteran goalie with playoff experience. And the name you first think is the name they’re thinking, too: Frederick Andersen.

A team source specifically mentioned his name as someone the Penguins are looking at as a veteran goalie who has performed well in the NHL postseason. Andersen struggled this season, as did several North Division goalies behind absentee blue liners.

Andersen will turn 32-years-old in October. The 6-foot-4 goalie played in 24 games this season with an unsexy 2.95 GAA, and an anemic .895 save percentage. His goals saved above average (GSAx), according to Puck Pedia, was well below average at -7.31.

However, Andersen has been very good in the playoffs. In the Toronto “bubble” Qualifying Round against Columbus, Andersen posted a .936 save percentage, though lost in the pivotal Game 5.

In Toronto’s heartbreaking seven-game Round One loss to the fearsome Boston Bruins in 2018-19, Andersen posted a .922 save percentage and was a big reason Toronto pushed the series to seven games.

However, after a pair of opening-round losses, Andersen took some of the blame in Toronto and this season lost his net to Jack Campbell, who promptly played well but helped Toronto to another seven-game opening-round loss.

Andersen also backstopped the Anaheim Ducks to the 2015 Western Conference Final, but the three-time Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks squeaked past in Game 7 and won their third Cup.

Andersen’s five-year $25 million contract expires this summer, and he will be a UFA.

Circle Andersen’s name as someone the Pittsburgh Penguins are already watching. The team could make a solid pitch pending the goalie market, which was a heavy buyer’s market last fall and figures to be again with the flat salary cap.

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Frank
Frank
5 days ago

Sort of funny that Jarry was the reason they felt OK jettisoning Murray. And now his poor play may end up doing the same thing to DeSmith. Irony is that Jarry may be the weakest of the 3 performers after all. Keeping my fingers crossed that this all works out. As a “band aid” solution to a messy goal tending problem . .. Anderson is OK . .. but just OK. But if you think it through . . . if Jarry actually does not crumble, then Anderson is probably an unhappy guy sitting on the bench being paid maybe… Read more »

Jay95
Jay95
4 days ago
Reply to  Frank

Frank, I think some of what you say is true to a degree. But, I’d argue that Jarry is the #1 goalie. The talent’s there. He had a tough beginning to the year, and a difficult playoffs, but he seems more than capable of mentally rebounding. So, any addition that the Penguins make is simply for depth. They’re not going to lose DeSmith either. We’ll see Casey back down in the AHL for next season. But, the bigger question will be Anderson’s performance. If he has another season like last (highly unlikely) DeSmith will get the backup spot back. Anyway,… Read more »

Uros
Uros
5 days ago

I have little to add to the previous comment. Frank pretty much covered it all. Just one question remains. Are we a win now team? If so do we have to have another Vokoun type of situation where a young goalie somehow realizes his own mistakes and then, after many years of development, goes on to be a Vezina candidate outside of our organization? The core, after a few of these decade long development strategies, will be living in an ALF by the time we make and keep a goalie. It has been proven that you just can’t save money… Read more »

Jay95
Jay95
4 days ago
Reply to  Uros

I Casey stays regardless. The Kraken aren’t taking him over the forwards that we’ll have to expose. Jarry isn’t going anywhere either. If the Pens land Anderson it’s 100% for the depth that you just mentioned. Jarry’s the #1 for sure. This would just give the team 2 quality backups. One with playoff experience, the other an overachiever that’s as solid as they come. So, this gives another year for one of the 2 prospects to possibly prepare to make the leap to the AHL.

Min
Min
4 days ago
Reply to  Jay95

Nah DeSmith is definitely on the way out to the Kraken. Hextall is the opposite of Rutherford and will be looking to protect what has become a contending roster that gels together well and DeSmith has never been a part of that the way Jarry has. If the team they have now could jump straight into the new season with Andersen starting then we’d see something really special.

Jay95
Jay95
3 days ago
Reply to  Min

But, what in the world would compel the Kraken to take DeSmith over one of the exposed players? It’s going to be a combo of Carter, Zucker, ZAR, Blueger, or Tanev? No way they skip any of those guys for DeSmith.

Uros
Uros
3 days ago
Reply to  Jay95

The situation where we keep both Jarry and Casey and somehow land Andersen would be ideal. There are players I’d hate to lose, but if we end up with this goalie lineup it would be a less bitter pill.

Jay95
Jay95
3 days ago
Reply to  Uros

I’m hoping that we manage to get the Kraken to take on Zucker. It would free up the cap space and he just doesn’t seem to fit with Geno (who Sully is set on playing him with). But, I have a feeling that it’s going to be someone like Blueger who’ll sting a ton more.

Oh Come On
Oh Come On
4 days ago

Jarry is young and his inexperience and need to develop caught up with him. The potential is there. Letting him go now is a not worth it. Get a solid back up , one hopefully cut from the MAF mold to mentor him and I believe you have a solid goal tender for years to come. Right now when he’s on he’s on. When his game is not there he’s average.

Jay95
Jay95
3 days ago
Reply to  Oh Come On

Exactly. He’s had some “bad” games. But, I agree that being average is his floor. And, he’s extremely good when on.

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