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Goalie(s) of the future? Pens sign Jarry, Murray

Sep 4, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins made an interesting move on Wednesday, signing a pair of prospect goalies — Tristan Jarry and Matt Murray — to entry-level contracts.

Jarry, 18, was Pittsburgh’s first selection (44th overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The former WHL Edmonton standout was the second goalie off the board, behind Montreal’s Zach Fucale (36th overall).

Murray, 19, was Pittsburgh’s third-round selection (83rd overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and the 10th goalie taken overall after a solid campaign with OHL Sault Ste. Marie.

Though they’re years away from making an impact at the NHL level, both Jarry and Murray will be prospects to keep an eye on, as the Pens have a rather interesting scenario developing in goal.

Tomas Vokoun, 37, has one year left on his deal while Marc-Andre Fleury, 28, has two years left on his.

Down in AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, goaltending duties were split last season between Jeff Zatkoff (a 26-year-old with one year left on his deal) and Brad Thiessen, now playing in Finland.

The club also has former Quinnipiac University standout and Hobey Baker finalist Eric Hartzell in the mix. Hartzell, 24, was an undrafted free agent that signed with the Pens in July.

Of note: prior to Jarry and Murray, the Pens hadn’t drafted a goalie since 2008, when they took Alexandre Pechurskiy and Patrick Killeen in the fifth and sixth round.

Both are no longer with the organization.

  1. bmscalise - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    The Pens have pretty quickly rebuilt the organization’s goalie depth. I expect we’ll see Zatkoff get some time up with the big club this year, if he continues to play like he did last year: either Flower or Vokoun will miss time at some point. If he proves himself, we have a back-up for next year when Vokoun leaves.

    Then, the Pens will have a sense as to how much they can expect of Zatkoff and Hartzell – and whether Flower has gotten his head together. If he hasn’t, then let him walk – and hope Zatkoff and Hartzell can serve as a number one. If he has, then you can likely sign one of the other two cheaply to back-up. All about options and timing.

    Jarry (and/or Murray) may ultimately make it up – but that will be many moons from now. Jarry seems to have promise, but he hasn’t even served as a starter in Juniors yet. He’s a 4-6 year project, but a piece you need in the pipe-line.

  2. modellforprez - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    There was a game 3-4 years ago when Fleury and Brent Johnson were both injured and the Guins were in Vancouver with Some John Curry i think his name was mending the Net anyway the Canizzucks Lit him up for like 5 goals on 7 shots or something like that and Alexandre Perchursky stepped in as a 18 yr. old rook and only gave up 1 goal was a little suprised they did not give him a longer look before he departed.

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