With starting goaltender Matt Murray listed as “week-to-week”, not day to day with injury, the Pittsburgh Penguins are caught in a tough spot and the real truth is there is no simple solution.
Forced to let Marc-Andre Fleury go in the expansion draft, Penguins officially made Murray their top netminder and thought they had the answer for backup in veteran Antti Niemi. But Niemi was terrible, losing all six starts and has non-professional goal against average of .797. That forced the Pens hand to bring up Tristan Jarry, whom they wanted to have a full season of seasoning in the minors.
With Pittsburgh 13-13 SU and -3.2 units, it is not like they were a good choice for NHL picks this season anyway, ranked 30th in goal allowed, only ahead of an deplorable Arizona club. The Penguins might feel better about Jarry if the defense was more sound, but that has not been the case.