Coming off three straight solid performances between the pipes, it appears Casey DeSmith has supplanted Tristan Jarry as the backup goaltender, at least for the time being.
Early this evening, the Penguins announced they had reassigned Jarry to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL, making DeSmith the new backup goaltender now that it appears Matt Murray is ready to return to action following the death of his father.
Taking into account the timing of the announcement with the NHL All-Star break coming this weekend, this could simply be a move to get Jarry more playing time while the team is out of action over the weekend.
The Baby Pens have a back-to-back weekend set with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Binghamton Senators upcoming where it is expected Jarry will start both games. It would be his first game action since starting against the Anaheim Ducks on January 17th.
Coming off three straight starts, DeSmith will remain in Pittsburgh for the time being, where he is 2-2-0 in five game appearances this season with a .935 save percentage and a 1.86 GAA.