While the Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry is eligible to sign a contract extension anytime now, Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the window to do so is much tighter with GM Ron Hextall’s general reluctance to work on mid-season extensions. The 27-year-old has one year left on his contract which carries a cap of $3.5m and has just completed a season that saw him post a GAA of 2.42 with an SV% of 0.919 in 58 games , he has a strong case for adding a few million to his next AAV based on the contracts handed out to the top goaltenders in free agency earlier this week. With that in mind, Benz suggests that Pittsburgh’s best strategy might be to wait, because with much of their roster already locked in for the long haul, if the team is to have any kind of flexibility in the roster, it could come from the goalie position and locking up Jarry now would remove that option.
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- Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell told Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer he expects a potential defender Scott Morrow turn pro after next season. The 19-year-old was a second-round selection (40th overall) in 2021, but played quite well at UMass in his first year, registering 13 goals and 20 assists in just 38 games. If he is able to build on that performance in 2022-23, Waddell believes Morrow will reach a point where there will be nothing left to work on in college, even though he still has two more years left. eligibility at this stage.