The Penguins claimed goaltender Mike Condon off of waivers from the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. The move allowed the Penguins to send goaltender Tristan Jarry back to the AHL so he can continue to develop in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton instead of sit behind starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury at the beginning of the season.
With options like Alex Stalock of the San Jose Sharks and New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood on waivers, the Penguins chose Condon who played to a 21-25-6, 2.71 GAA, and .903 SV% stat line in 55 games last season. He took over a team that virtually couldn’t miss the playoffs after a month of hockey and Carey Price’s injury. The team then tanked downwards and Condon’s numbers were a prime example of why.
By no means is Condon a flashy NHL goalie, but for the purpose he’s going to serve, he should be fine.
There’s a very strong possibility Fleury sees just about every game until Murray gets back. It’s unclear when that will be, but he’s already practicing with the team. There is only one back to back situation in October and it comes on the 17th and 18th of the month. This is only games three and four of the young NHL season. This is all assuming Murray is back before the end of October.
The Penguins played two contests against Condon last season and got him for five goals and hung him with a loss in one of the decisions.
The waiver claim comes at a good time with the Murray injury. If Condon clears waivers when Murray comes back, it will give the Penguins a reliable goalie as they had with Jeff Zatkoff last season. If not, Jarry can still be that guy. The Penguins would rather him play in the AHL.
With no teams currently in the market for a goaltender unless an injury would arise, Mike Condon likely stays a Pittsburgh/WBS Penguin throughout the entire season.