Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford on Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry: “Very difficult decisions to come”

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While the NHL salary cap is not expected to increase for the 2020-21 season, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford admitted on Tuesday that his team would face tightening caps this season.

Goalkeepers Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry are both slated for a restricted free agency and Rutherford told The Athletic that, although there is a way to keep the two goalies, it will be difficult to stay below the salary cap.

“Well, I would say this: if we want to keep them both, we have to move a few things to our team,” said Rutherford. “There is a way to do it and make it work. , Yes. There are very, very difficult decisions to make. “

Murray is ahead of Jarry at the start of the season at 38 against 33 at Jarry, and is 20-11-5, while Jarry is 20-12-1. Jarry has a save percentage of .921 and a goals-against-average of 2.43 compared to Murray’s .899 and 2.87 GAA save percentage.

Murray, who helped the team win two consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, is in the final season of a $ 11.25 million three-year contract, while Jarry has a cap of just 675,000 $ this season in the last of a two-year agreement signed in 2018.

Murray turns 26 this month, while Jarry turns 25 on April 29. The Penguins also have a goalkeeper Casey DeSmith, who started 14 games last season, under contract until 2021-2022.

Pittsburgh currently has $ 67.28 million committed to the next season’s salary cap with 15 players under contract, per CapFriendly.



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