WILKES-BARRE — Tristan Jarry traveled with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to Pittsburgh on Tuesday as the team eventually makes it way to Cleveland for a road trip.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton players will practice at the UPMC Sports Complex in Cranberry Township on Wednesday, but even though he traveled with the team, Jarry won’t be practicing with the AHL squad.
Four days after he was reassigned by Pittsburgh, the 23-year-old netminder was summoned back to the NHL after it was announced that starting netminder Matt Murray was dealing with a concussion.
While Jarry didn’t play in the season opener on Saturday, his brief stay with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was productive. He declared himself 100 percent healthy after dealing with a lower body injury at the end of Pittsburgh’s training camp. Jarry also practiced twice with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, working off any rust from his injury absence.
“It will be fun to go back,” Jarry said. “I had a couple of good practices here.”
While head coach Clark Donatelli anointed Jarry as his number one goaltender when he arrived and said he would play the bulk of the games, his departure doesn’t throw the goaltending mix into disarray.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton held on to both Anthony Peters and John Muse after Jarry arrived, and both goaltenders traveled with the team for a pair of games in Cleveland later this week.
Donatelli initially said either Peters or Muse would be dropped from the roster at some point after Jarry arrived, but now he’s glad he didn’t make a move.
“It’s funny how that works out. That’s why we have depth at the goaltending position,” Donatelli said. “With Peters and Muse, we’ll be fine.”
For his part, Jarry is also fine if he bounces back-and-forth between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.
“I did it quite a bit last year. It’s part of the deal,” Jarry said. “It’s something you have to get used to.”
After the Penguins practice at Pittsburgh’s facility on Wednesday, they’ll make the final leg of the trip to Cleveland, where they’ll play the Monsters twice.
Donatelli said he likes a road trip where all the games are played in one location.
“It’s not bad. We get there and settle in for two games, and we don’t get to do it too often,” he said.
Forward Jimmy Hayes said an early season road trip is a benefit for new players such as himself.
“Being a new guy, it’s always great to get on the road early and build team chemistry,” Hayes said.