Penguins looking to bolster organizational goaltending depth
Are the Penguins content moving forward with Matt Murray, Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith as the 1-3 goaltenders on the organizational depth chart?
Penguin coaches saw enough of Casey DeSmith in practice and with Tristan Jarry’s inexperience, the coaching brass is not comfortable with the Penguins goaltending depth in the organization, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports.
With difficulties of adding a legitimate No. 2 goaltender at this stage of the season, that has the Penguins in the short-term at least evaluating trades for a netminder on a [hide] contract who could either fill the No. 2 goaltender void in the NHL so the Penguins can send Tristan Jarry back to the minors for a period of time or have the acquired goaltender in Wilkes Barre as the No. 3 goaltender on the organization depth chart.
Rumblings around the league have the Penguins linked to Belleville Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond as a particular target who the Penguins could keep in the minors or bring him in for certain stretches when they want Tristan Jarry to get more games in the minors.
Hammond came onto the scene in 2014-2015 going 20-1-2 with a .941 save percentage for the Ottawa Senators, but has never matched that miracle run since. He is currently in the minors, healthy, and playing well, going 5-2-1 with a .919 save percentage.
Stuck in the minors unless an injury pops up to Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier, league sources say Colorado executives
are still eyeing a 5th round pick for Hammond at this point in time.
Hammond was part of the Matt Duchene trade as the Ottawa Senators had been trying to move his $1.35 million salary off their books since last season.[/hide]
Rather have a scoring winger