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Penguins angling to re-sign Casey DeSmith

Could the backup goalie return to Pittsburgh?

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin have rightfully taken the spotlight when it comes to the Pittsburgh Penguins and their impending free agents. Two franchise stalwarts are seemingly at an impasse in contract negotiations as we inch closer to the start of unrestricted free agency.

Another position that has flown under the radar, however, is that of the goaltender position, and more specifically, who will be second fiddle to Tristan Jarry come October.

Since the 2017-18 season, Casey DeSmith has been something of a constant in the net. And if a new report is to be believed, GM Ron Hextall and company are trying to make sure the 30-year-old stays in the black-and-gold.

DeSmith’s 2021-22 season can best be described as inconsistent, but not out of the norm when it comes to his career numbers.

The Rochester, New Hampshire native recently completed the third year of a three-year contract that carried a cap hit of $1.25 million.

DeSmith will not command a lot of money on the open market. A cheap, serviceable backup to play 25-35 games is what you’re asking for. This is Tristan Jarry’s team. And the Penguins were (potentially) a healthy Tristan Jarry away from making a legitimate run through the 2021-22 postseason.

At the very least, if the Jarry/DeSmith tandem does return, the Marc-Andre Fleury reunion tour is postponed... for at least one more season.

What do you think? Do you like the idea of Casey DeSmith returning to Pittsburgh? Would you rather sign another veteran backup in free agency?


Do you want Casey DeSmith as the backup goalie heading into the 2022-23 season?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    Sure, he’s an okay backup.
    (480 votes)
  • 52%
    No, he’s too inconsistent for me. Give me a fresh face between the pipes.
    (539 votes)
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