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Penguins re-sign Tristan Jarry, three year contract worth $3.5 million annually

The Pens make a big move to bring back a goalie

Pittsburgh Penguins v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Penguins have their new starting goalie. Tristan Jarry, an impending restricted free agent, has re-signed with the team on a three year contract. It will carry a cap hit of $3.5 million dollars.

From the team:

“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, enjoyed a career year in 2019-20 with Pittsburgh, leading to his first career NHL All-Star Game selection. He set career highs across the board in games played (33), wins (20), goals-against average (2.43), save percentage (.921) and shutouts (3). Jarry’s goals-against average (9th) and save percentage (8th) both ranked in the top-10 in the NHL.

The Penguins are expected to trade their other goalie, Matt Murray, this off-season. Murray is a restricted free agent as well, and looking for a raise on his $3.75 million salary.

Pittsburgh also has Casey DeSmith in the organization, who has two years remaining on a $1.25 million contract. It is very likely, in this budget-conscious world, that DeSmith will not be in Wilkes-Barre again next season. He will likely either be the NHL backup goalie, or less likely, traded himself if the team decides to look in a different direction.

Today’s announcement settles up a big question and gets Jarry in the fold before he would be heading towards and arbitration date and gives the Pens some stability in net. It’s going to be Jarry’s crease for the foreseeable future.