Pittsburgh’s start to the season hasn’t gone as well as they’ve hoped but there have been some positives along the way. One of those is goaltender Casey DeSmith who not only won the backup job in training camp but has started to take starts away from Matt Murray. Accordingly, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggests that it’s time to change the question when it comes to the netminder from whether he’s good enough to hold down an NHL spot to whether or not the Penguins can afford to keep him as an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The answer to that question may ultimately determine what they decide to do with youngster Tristan Jarry who has shown some signs of upside over his first four professional seasons. If the Penguins believe they can re-sign DeSmith, then it frees them up to move Jarry if they can get someone that can help their roster now. If not, they may be wise to hold off on moving him as they don’t have another goalie prospect that’s close to NHL ready at this time.