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Goalie insurance: Pens sign Deslauriers to AHL tryout

Sep 23, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

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Just days after losing Tomas Vokoun indefinitely to blood clotting issues, the Penguins added journeyman goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the mix, signing him to a professional tryout with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Deslauriers, 29, spent last season with the Minnesota Wild organization.

A highly-touted draftee — Edmonton took him 31st overall in 2002, the fourth goalie taken after Kari Lehtonen, Cam Ward and Hannu Toivonen — Deslauriers has failed to make much of an impact at the NHL level.

His best season came in 2009-10, when he appeared in a career-high 48 games and, dubiously, led the NHL in losses (with 28).

The deal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is a return of sorts — Deslauriers played for the Penguins in 2006-07 as Edmonton didn’t have an AHL affiliate at the time.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Deslauriers hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2011-12 season, when he played in four games for Anaheim.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Pens organization don’t seem to grasp the position. Another playoff fiasco, and yet they publically back their well paid goalie who has not cracked the top 10 in save% the last 5 years. And who’s had a lower save% then their backup the last 5 years.

    This is the guy they add to help fil the Vokoun void?

    • hockey412 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Agree, to a limited extent. Who would you recommend they pick up?

      They aren’t looking to carry 3 potential starters, Fleury’s already a mess and they’re still hoping he can work through it. So they aren’t going to go trade for a Reimer or anything like that.

    • hockey412 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Also – remember it’s preseason, they haven’t had time to scope out the situation completely, and in the meantime they NEED to have a back-up. I don’t think this is who they are going to go with for the season (actually heard rumors about Hedberg). But they have to have a back-up.

  2. shanesander - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    guess the Pens are turning back the clock to a simpler time in 02/03 when Deslaurier & Fleury were both considered can’t miss prospects from the Q

  3. nj666 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    I’m surprised they didn’t go after someone like Hedberg.

  4. drewzducks - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Thomas would have been worth a flier. No pun intended.

  5. osbornhockeylimited - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Jeff Deslauriers spent part of last season in Fort Wayne of the ECHL and was horrible. I am not a Penguins fans by any stretch of the imagination but really Pittsburgh. I just hope that he can play better this year.

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