Tristan Jarry signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. It has an average annual value of $3.5 million.
The 25-year-old goalie, who played in the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis, could have become a restricted free agent on Oct. 9.
“Tristan is coming off of an All-Star season and has demonstrated the ability to be a regular starter for us,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “He is a fundamentally sound young goaltender who we believe is a great asset for the Penguins.”
Rutherford hinted this week that goalie Matt Murray, who helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017, could be traded.
“There are a lot of goalies out there, but let me ask this question: How many 26-year-old goalies who have won two Stanley Cups are available right now?” Rutherford said in remarks published by The Athletic on Wednesday. “There are a lot of goalies out there, and a lot of good ones. There’s no question about that. But those guys out there on the market haven’t done what Matt has done. To me that’s the difference, and that’s why teams want him. That’s the way I’m looking at it moving forward.”
Murray, who can become a restricted free agent Oct. 9, is third in Penguins history with 117 wins in the regular season, behind Marc-Andre Fleury (375) and Tom Barrasso (226). His 29 postseason wins are third, behind Fleury (62) and Barrasso (56).
This season, Murray was 20-11-5 with a 2.87 GAA and an NHL career-worst .899 save percentage in 38 games (38 starts) sharing the starter’s role with Jarry.
Rutherford first told The Athletic on Aug. 24 that Murray or Jarry likely would be traded. He said Wednesday that although it’s possible the Penguins could retain both goalies, the chances are remote.
“Sure, there is a way we could do it,” he said. “But to be honest, I just don’t think it’s something that would work for everybody.”
Jarry was 20-12-1 and had NHL career highs in wins, goals-against average (2.43), save percentage (.921) and shutouts (three) in 33 games (31 starts) with Pittsburgh this season and was 0-1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Selected by the Penguins in the second round (No. 44) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Jarry is 34-20-4 with a 2.61 GAA, .914 save percentage and five shutouts in 62 games (57 starts).