Tristan Jarry may be excellent at the AHL level, but the Pittsburgh Penguins may need to see how good he is in the NHL now, as well.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been dealing with a second concussion for starting netminder Marc-Andre Fleury for the last few weeks, forcing them to use a tandem of Matt Murray and Jeff Zatkoff heading towards the post-season.
After Murray went down with a head injury of his own in the team’s Saturday afternoon game, though, the team recalled Jarry from the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – begging the question of whether or not Murray is now injured beyond just precautionary rest needed, as well.
The Penguins confirmed that Jarry had been recalled on Sunday afternoon, calling him up alongside tough guy forward Tom Sestito at the end of the NHL club’s regular season.
There hasn’t been word yet on Murray’s updated status, but the Penguins likely don’t want to have to deal with any grueling recovery for the top-end netminding prospect; having Jarry up gives them a safety barrier so they don’t have to worry about pushing their other young netminder to recover too quickly.
What is unique about the situation, though, is that bringing up the young netminder isn’t without consequence for the AHL Penguins. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton roster is currently fighting for the lead in their own division, and they play later tonight; bringing up their best starting netminder is a bit surprising, and should be taken note of given all the circumstances surrounding the recall.