Tristan Jarry making a save for the Pittsburgh Penguins
Will the Penguins trade Tristan Jarry? We analyze his contract situation and potential trade destinations.

Tristan Jarry’s future in Pittsburgh is looking increasingly uncertain. His contract could become an albatross, even though he’s technically signed for several more years. With his recent downturn in performance, the Penguins might find it advantageous to explore trade options this summer.

Jarry is signed through the 2027-28 season at a $5.375 million cap hit. That’s a lot of money to commit to a goalie who hasn’t proven himself as a consistent difference-maker. Backup Alex Nedeljkovic has looked better in recent appearances, but he’s a pending unrestricted free agent and might not be back next season.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Should They Trade Tristan Jarry?

There was a window last summer, when Jarry was a UFA, to make a change. However, newly-hired Penguins general manager Kyle Dubas opted to lock up Jarry for five years. Early this season, that decision seemed like a good one, as Jarry helped carry the Penguins through stretches of inconsistent play.

But Jarry’s form has dipped significantly as the season wore on. His recent numbers don’t inspire confidence, and the Penguins could find it hard to offload his contract on the trade market when other high-profile goalies like Linus Ullmark, Jacob Markstrom, and Juuse Saros might also be on the move.

This is a difficult situation for the Penguins – keep Jarry and risk overpaying for mediocre performance, or trade him and take a significant hit to their salary cap situation. It’ll be a major storyline for Pittsburgh throughout the offseason.

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