WILKES-BARRE — Tristan Jarry wasn’t surprised when the Pittsburgh Penguins reassigned him to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton back on Friday.
With Matt Murray entrenched as the starter in Pittsburgh and Jarry being the only netminder that didn’t have to clear waivers, his return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was inevitable.
And he knew it all along.
“They told me that from the start. It was good to have that communication that it would probably happen,” Jarry said after Monday’s practice at the Toyota Sportsplex. “It definetly made it easier.”
What isn’t easy, however, is the decision faced by head coach Clark Donatelli on which goaltender — John Muse or Anthony Peters — will remain as Jarry’s backup. Donatelli said he’ll keep all three netminders for now, but a decision is forthcoming.
What is clear, according to Donatelli, is Jarry’s role with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
“He’s our number one goalie. We’re going to monitor his games, but he’s going to get a lot of them as long as he stays healthy,” Donatelli said.
For his part, Jarry said he’s ready to handle as much work as he can get and he doesn’t mind being back in the AHL. He was thankful to get an extended stay in Pittsburgh’s training camp and was happy to join a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton team that he said is faster and younger than last season’s squad.
Jarry also said he’s 100 percent healthy after being sidelined briefly during Pittsburgh’s camp with a leg injury.
“It’s exciting to be back, play some games and get into a routine,” Jarry said. “I want to stay prepared and ready for what’s to come.”
The Penguins announced today that they have reassigned defenseman Kevin Spinozzi and forward Cam Brown to the Wheeling Nailers on Sunday. In a corresponding move, the Pittsburgh Penguins also reassigned defenseman Dane Birks from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Wheeling. All three players made Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s team out of training camp, but did not skate in the Penguins’ season opener on Saturday night.
The roster now stands at 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. Donatelli said the only other move on the horizon is to trim one goaltender from the roster.
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