The post-mortem of the 2019-20 Pittsburgh Penguins has officially begun.
The Penguins, of course, dropped their best of five Qualifying Series against the 12th seeded Montreal Canadiens due in large part to unstructured team defence and some suspect goaltending.
Former Golden Boy Matt Murray who could seemingly do no wrong the Penguins’ 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup championships now appears to be on the way out of town after being outplayed by backup Tristan Jarry. And this isn’t just my opinion, it’s the opinion of the Penguins’ players themselves.
Rob Rossi and Josh Yohe of The Athletic managed to get some anonymous quotes from Penguins players and their comments about the budding goaltending controversy are awfully intriguing.
I mean, just check out some of these (anonymous) quotes:
“What do they say: if you have two goalies, you don’t have one?” a Penguins player said after the season. “It just seemed like the people in charge wanted Matt to be the one, but we played better, for whatever reason, when Jarry played. That’s how it looked to me. I guess coaches saw something different.”
“Sully (Coach Mike Sullivan) used to think Murray was the toughest goaltender mentally that he’d ever come across,” the source said. “But that was then.”
It certainly sounds like the Penguins players themselves don’t have much faith in Murray. Certainly not as much as they have in Jarry. Is the writing on the wall here?
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