The Pittsburgh Penguins have received interest from other teams in goalies Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry, and general manager Jim Rutherford said he expects to trade one of them before next season.
“I haven’t gotten to the point yet where I’m having serious talks or seeing exactly how much I can get,” Rutherford told The Athletic. “But I will say, I’m getting close to that point, to understanding just what people are willing to give. So, we’ll see. I don’t know exactly how it’s going to go, but I can already see that there is going to be a lot of interest.
“There is already interest. And it looks like we’re going to have to move one of them.”
Each goalie can be a restricted free agent at the end of this season. Murray, who won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017, made $3.75 million in the final season of a three-year, $11.25 million contract he signed Oct. 20, 2016. Jarry was in the final season of a two-year, $1.35 million contract (average annual value $675,000) he signed on July 26, 2018.
“We’ll see how things unfold,” Rutherford said. “But I plan on being pretty busy, and there’s a good chance goaltending will be involved in what we’ll be doing.”
The Penguins, the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference after finishing the regular season with a .623 points percentage, lost to the Montreal Canadiens, the No. 12 seed, in four games in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Murray started three of those games and was 1-2 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. Jarry started Game 4 and saved 20 of the 21 shots he faced in the series-deciding 2-0 defeat.
Murray and Jarry shared the No. 1 role during the regular season. Murray was 20-11-5 with a 2.87 GAA and NHL career-worst .899 save percentage. Jarry, who appeared in the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis on Jan. 25, was 20-12-1 with a 2.43 GAA, .921 save percentage and three shutouts.
Having two capable starting goalies is a luxury the Penguins may not be able to afford with each eligible for a raise and the salary cap remaining flat next season.
“We know that there’s a very, very good chance that we’re going to have to move one of them,” Rutherford said.
Murray is third in Penguins history with 117 wins in the regular season, behind Marc-Andre Fleury (375) and Tom Barrasso (226). In the postseason, he has the lowest GAA of any Penguins goalie to play more than 12 games (2.18) and is third with 29 wins, behind Fleury (62) and Barrasso (56).
Jarry is 34-20-4 with a 2.61 GAA and .914 save percentage in 62 NHL games (57 starts), all with the Penguins.