Sometimes a call-up is made just in case. Sometimes one is a sign of a bigger problem.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are leaving people to make their own conclusions, at least for the time being, about recalling goalie Tristan Jarry on Sunday.
Could it also mean that the rumbles of optimism about Marc-Andre Fleury were ill-founded?
At least two media reactions seem to capture the split impressions:
There’s at least the outside chance that the Penguins may enter the playoffs with Jeff Zatkoff and Jarry as their two goalies.
In case you’re wondering, Jarry’s a second-round pick (44th overall in 2013) whose AHL numbers seem to say “Not quite ready yet.”
If this worst-case scenario happens, it will be yet another chapter in the sad story of the Penguins getting hit with injuries heading into the playoffs (they’re already playing without Evgeni Malkin, after all). We’ll find out, sooner or later, if these worries are for naught.
The Penguins also recalled Tom Sestito, by the way.
* – You know, if you don’t see the meaning in trying to spurn your bitter rivals …