#2: The Pens trade Murray and Jarry becomes the new franchise goalie
Google the most talked about Penguins stories or, better yet, Twitter trends. What you’ll find is a daily, almost ever-constant conversation about Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry. It doesn’t help that even the General Manager and head coach have been quoted about this trending saga. By the start of the 2020 season, however, that conversation will be no more.
The fan base is honestly, really torn over this argument as some stay loyal while others look to the future. The truth is, can you even go wrong with either of these two netminders? Neither goalie has an encroaching timeline as they are both young with plenty of time left.
But, with potentially more trade-ability, Matt Murray will be shown the exit door on a trade to either Colorado or Chicago. With that happening, it will put all the pressure on Tristan Jarry to show up night after night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins had had a substantial amount of netminder consistency over the years (I.E., Tom Barrasso, Marc-Andre Fleury, and even the before mentioned Matt Murray). If the 2020/21 season proves anything, it will be that Tristan Jarry is the new franchise goalie moving forward. He is the underdog that came in and dethroned a 2-time Stanley Cup champ. Who doesn’t like that story?
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Behind Jarry will also look substantial yet young. Down in the AHL, the Penguins have two more goalies that seem poised and ready to take the helm as the backup pipe protector. Casey DeSmith will be the natural will in, but looming not far behind will be the young Emil Larmi. Larmi will most likely be tending in the AHL, but between these three, the future looks solid with Jarry leading the way.