The Pittsburgh Penguins are going to trade one of their goaltenders. Everybody knows it at this point that Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has even strongly hinted at the likelihood that either Penguins starting netminder Matt Murray or Penguins backup goaltender Tristan Jarry will be traded before the Penguins begin the 2020 - 2021 National Hockey League regular season. The question that everyone has been asking though has been which of the two goalies will the Penguins choose to trade.
There's a good case to be made on either side of the argument. Not to oversimplify things here but there's no question that keeping Murray will cost the Penguins more money but the upside for Murray is also quite obvious. The man has captured the Stanley Cup twice for the Penguins organization and if they still believe he is the same goaltender it's hard to part ways with that level of success.
The case for Jarry is basically the opposite. In him you've got a guy who's a little bit younger than Murray in Jarry and you've got the guy who's performed for you lately. Jarry was just simply better than Murray over the course of the regular season and although Jarry saw just a single game in the Stanley Cup playoffs his performance in that game was a good one. The biggest factor though is that he comes with more control and will no doubt come at a lower cost than Murray would, clearing space for Rutherford to make some much needed moves elsewhere on the roster.
This week Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman revealed which way the Penguins were leaning when he was asked by veteran radio host Bob Stauffer about the difficult choice facing Jim Rutherford.
"They are trying to move Murray, I don't think there's any doubt about that," said Friedman on Oilers Now.
It sounds like Rutherford will go with what many believe to be the obvious choice here, but that may be easier said than done. Normally trading a two-time Stanley Cup winning goaltender would be relatively easy but this time around things will be very different according to the NHL insider.
"I just think the really tough thing is that there are so many goalies available now," added Friedman. "This is not the time to wanna move a goalie, cause there are so many options out there."
There is in fact the possibility of a lot of goaltenders changing jerseys in the upcoming offseason, and it sounds like if the Penguins have their way Matt Murray will be one of them.