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There’s a new No. 1 in town.
It’s without question that as of January 3, 2020, Tristan Jarry is the Penguins’ No. 1 netminder as Pittsburgh enters the New Year.
Appearing in 14 of the Penguins last 18 games, the Penguins’ coaching staff has let Jarry run with the No. 1 job.
Since Matt Murray was pulled from the net against the Canucks on the day before Thanksgiving, there’s been no effort from the coaching staff to try to give Murray a run of games and get back to his form of the past.
In the four games Murray has appeared in over the Penguins last 18, they have all been in the second night of back-to-backs. He’s had zero consecutive starts over the last 42 days.
Beyond Tristan Jarry just out-playing him by a wide margin this season, there continues to be whispers in the organization that a frustration with Murray’s a Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
Nonetheless, any chatter of the Penguins being willing to trade one of their goaltenders by the deadline for long-term help at another position can be debunked right now. There’s no plans to entertain those calls.
The summer is a much different story.
With Jarry and Murray both RFA’s, but even beyond the financial aspect, multiple NHL executives say there’s little chance Pittsburgh comes back with both goaltenders next season.
If Jarry rides out this season as the No. 1, and is the guy in the postseason, he’ll be around a $3.5 million a year goaltender next season if it’s a shorter term deal but the Matt Murray situation would be the bigger story.
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