3 Potential Trade Destinations for Tristan Jarry

We all saw the news this past week that the Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic to a two-year, $2.5M AAV deal. After he took over the starter's role late in the season and led the Pens on a playoff charge, he may be No. 1 on the depth chart heading into the 2024-25 season. 

Given all of that, many feel that the Nedeljkovic extension is a sign that Tristan Jarry will be (should be?) on his way out.  Mark Madden of Trib Live writes "Re-upping Nedeljkovic is likely a sign that president of hockey ops/GM Kyle Dubas feels he can swap Jarry... Trading Jarry absolutely would be the right move, and that’s regardless of what he brings in return."

A trade wouldn't be easy, to be sure, as the 29-year-old carries with him a cap hit of $5.375 million for the next four seasons. But he's received Vezina votes on a couple of occasions, as recently as 2022 finishing 7th in balloting. He owns a .912 career save percentage. 

One potential trade partner, the LA Kings, is off the board, after their acquisition last week of Darcy Kuemper from the Washington Capitals. Here are three other potential options for Pittsburgh to investigate as destinations for Jarry:

Colorado Avalanche

Jarry gets another chance to play for a team with as solid a defense as the Avalanche have every night. It could make the difference from Jarry being a middling option to a very solid one. 

Toronto Maple Leafs

Could Dubas convince his old team to take on the 8-year veteran backstop? Joseph Woll has proven himself capable of being a No. 1 goalie, but he's injured far too often, so having a solid 1A-1B tandem could help dispel the Buds' concerns between the pipes. Jarry has averaged well over 50 games played the past three seasons. 

Montreal Canadiens

The Habs are in need of a No. 1 goalie. Sam Montembeault started 41 games last season, but that's too many for a backstop with an .898 career Sv%. Despite a mediocre season, Jarry is a far more reliable bet as a full-time starter for a team hoping to take the next step. 

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