What the DeSmith Extension Means
Casey DeSmith’s three year contract was a no-brainer for the 27 year old netminder.
Maybe DeSmith could have got a few hundred thousand more on the open market, but for a player who has never been on a one-way contract, the security of a one-way contract for three seasons is significant.
For the Penguins, there’s little risk with this extension and the three year commitment shows they are sold on DeSmith being a high-level backup caliber goaltender moving forward.
“Since joining the Penguins’ organization, Casey has excelled for us at every level, first in Wheeling and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and now here in Pittsburgh,” GM Jim Rutherford said Friday in a released statement. “We’re pleased to have him signed with our organization for the next three-and-a-half seasons.”
A must in the remaining Cup window during the Sidney Crosby era is try to have the least amount of money tied up in your goaltending, especially with a new contract looming for Matt Murray after next season.
–Tristan Jarry’s Future in PIT?–
The thought had been that Pittsburgh’s goaltending tandem would eventually turn into Matt Murray – Tristan Jarry by next season, especially with Jarry’s contract becoming a one-way deal next season and being waiver eligible.
DeSmith’s level of play this season and now the extension changes that thought process.
Even with the DeSmith extension, the Penguins could still take the stance –we’ll let things play out–, but the greatest asset Jarry could be to the Penguins was always going to be if an opposing team saw him as a potential No. 1 goaltender, therefore, carried that type of trade value.
There were rumblings in the summer that Carolina did indeed see Jarry as a No. 1, while the Islanders and Oilers poked around, but there’s a lot less of that No. 1 caliber talk now among evaluators surrounding Jarry.
In fact, pretty much zero talk of it right now.
Jarry, though, still carries some value as a young No. 2 caliber who has shown flashes where he’d bring something back for the Penguins, just nothing significant.
Still, with Matt Murray’s injury history, don’t rule out the Penguins slow playing things into next season with three goaltenders on 1-way contracts.
Would be uncomfortable because there’s not enough pucks to go around in practice, but it’s still feasible they could carry 13-7-3 for a little while next season to delay a decision.
The Penguins internally are committed to DeSmith being the backup for the foreseeable future and obviously into next season with the extension, but no one is ready to totally write off Jarry just yet playing his way back into the picture.
Penguins 3rd Line Center Search taking them to Ottawa Again?
If the Penguins were to decide to move on from the Derick Brassard or bring in another third line caliber center, they want a player who will add more quickness on the attack through the neutral zone and can eat minutes on the penalty kill.
That’s taken the Penguins back to the Ottawa Senators for a player who checks those boxes.
League sources say the Penguins have been checking on Senators center To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
What a difference between the patriots and Steelers as far as excessive celebrating.
The Patriots are better than the Steelers, nobody argues that. Let’s compare the Steelers to the rest of the NFL.
I wasn’t arguing who was better. I was saying there is a major difference in how the players conduct themselves on the Patriots.
Ya, it’s boring. I like letting the guys have some fun and not act like business men on a football field. The cost apparently is winning at a more consistent %…..and i’m ok with that.
One is based on white players as their main stars ,and the other one black democrats?
Do you guys think Trump knows hes a Russian asset, or is too stupid to understand he is?
Nop but we all know Hilary is hackers asset
So, Sam doesnt understand the question. Anyone else have any thoughts?
I couldn’t imagine being able to do whatever the hell I wanted to like Trump. He is the ultimate troll and it’s hilarious how he lives in the heads of some of these people on the left.
Whatever he wanted? Putin would disagree with this.
matt cullen is better than brassard. just let cullen center the 3rd line and dump brassard for nothing. the brassard deal is easily going down as one of the worst in pens history. ian cole, ryan reeves, phillip gustavsson, a 1st, a 3rd, (and indirectly, a 1st and oscar sundqvist). my god did the Pens F that up.
They gave 1st round to get reeves only to use him half a season
They gave 2 2nd round for Douglas Murray and only used him for 14 games and playoffs
At the time brassard was that missing piece..most teams make that trade..it turned out to be not great and we gave up alot..didnt like losing gjsttavason he will be terrific.. watching the penguins give up 9 goals versus Anaheim los Angeles proves we need another dman
I hate crybaby rivers, but i hate cheating brady more.
Both better than the non leader interception throwing Roethlisberger.. 5000 passing 4000 interceptions…he never plays big in playoff games he was average in the super bowl versus Seattle great in superbowl versus Arizona and awful in the superbowl loss to green bay..
Rivers kills it in big games right?
How did Ben play in the playoff games that brought the Steelers to those 3 super bowls? Are those big games?
Where are all the droolers celebrating hard yesterday malkins multi point game and 2nd 4point game since 2012
pens victory vs a team that lost 10 in a row
Yet tonight they lose vs last team in NHL.
I know sam losing to the kings..i was at staples center last night penguins need another dman and also getting schultz back will help.
Is there a way penguins can forget malkin at the airport.
Its Trumps America so we have to run everything by Putin first
Sam i agree with you malkin drives me nuts with his inconsistency..he wont shoot he makes stupid passes and bad turnovers..he occasionally shows brilliance.he doent have that motor the Crosby ovechkin toews MacKinnon Tavares kane all have talent yes heart no..
And Letang strikes again.
This is when we know you have no hockey knowledge Mr box score.
Letang has been the most consistent penguin this year.
And yet he made another bone head play on the PP. One has nothing to do with the other. If that was Malkin you would have been all over him. Nice try though.
Letang has been brilliant but he did do a malkin on the power play god we give up alot of shorthanded goals cant do this anymore valuable 2 points list in LA.
Remember when Kingpuck would drool about Clifford?
Beavis with a shorty!!!
Note to GMJR: Get screwed once by Ottawa shame on them. Twice shame on you. Just saying. Hey all you Br@SID4800$$@SID4800$$ fans how is the season going for you?
Dude he sucks. I already gave you props on this. I was wrong.
that wasn’t for you mstartari….hopefully the holiday was well.
I didn’t take it that way, but I was for that trade and I was wrong. Just wanted to let you know because you called it from day one. Hope you had a good Holiday!
depaoli better slow down. using up all of my data