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Goaltender Needed For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

So, no Fleury. Darcy Kuemper went to the Colorado Avalanche. Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta are both going to Carolina. Braden Holtby is on his way to Dallas. So, what does that mean for the Penguins in goal?

After all, they can’t go back to Tristan Jarry as the top option in net with Casey DeSmith as the lone backup. Not after Jarry’s hideous playoff series against the New York Islanders.

Can they?

“(Jarry and DeSmith) did a good job for us last year,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said last week. “And we anticipate them both being back.”

Oh. Well, then, maybe they can.

During this week’s “Madden Monday” podcast, Madden suggested that was a poor idea.

“I think they are going nowhere with Jarry and DeSmith as the goalies,” Madden said. “People are panicking about losing Jared McCann and Brandon Tanev. They are small potatoes. They are bottom-six guys. … That’s still a team that won the division last year. But unless they solve the goaltending, they aren’t going to win a playoff series. And let’s not forget they are in a tougher division this year. It won’t be as easy to make the playoffs, let alone win it.”


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Even so, McCann and Tanev are fast, hard for play
against players - useful bottom six players (McCann can be very
good on the 3rd line and play up).

They just lost two of their best bottom six players
for very little to nothing. And they still don’t have a true starting goalie.

Jarry could improve in the playoffs..or not.
But a) few goalies have done more to sink their team in
one round than he did and b) how many times you want to risk
him doing the same when the whole point of the team is “win while Crosby
and Malkin can still play”?

Why didn’t mgmt get a goalie? Why did mgmt trade McCann for so little when they knew they’d lose a useful player anyway?

Posted by lefty.30 on 08/04/21 at 02:48 AM ET

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