Announced today in a tidal wave of waiver claims, the Pittsburgh Penguins have added goalie Mike Condon to their fold.
In all likelihood, Condon will be expected to back up starter Marc-Andre Fleury for the beginning of the season. Rookie phenom Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to their eventual Stanley Cup victory is expected to be out for a few more weeks, as he broke his hand during the World Cup of Hockey. Initially, Murray thought he had simply jammed his thumb, however it was revealed – after he finished the game – that the injury was more serious than it looked at first.
New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood was also available on waivers, however he has far less experience in the NHL than Condon. As most may remember, Condon stepped into Carey Price’s very large shoes when he went down with a knee injury last season.
The Montreal Canadiens had gotten off to a start so hot that they were considered the lock for the Stanley Cup Final in the East. However, after Price’s injury, the team spiraled quickly downward, missing the playoffs.
Condon did the best he could behind a frentic club, starting in 51 games and posting a 21-25-6 record. He had a 0.903 save percentage and a 2.71 goals against average. It’s fair to say that the Canadiens were hoping for a little more from the then 25-year-old rookie, who had put up a 0.921 save percentage and 2.44 goals against average in 2014-15 with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
With the Penguins, it’s unlikely Condon will see many starts, as Fleury looks to battle to get his full-time starting spot back.