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Penguins trying to trade goalie before season: report

Pittsburgh also willing to move Rust, Bjugstad, Johnson to get under salary cap

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to trade a goalie before the regular season, general manager Jim Rutherford told The Athletic.

"We just couldn't do anything in the summer," Rutherford told the website Tuesday. "But in the last three or four days, things have changed. The market is really heating up, especially for goalies."

Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith are competing to play behind likely starter Matt Murray. Each of the three goalies would require waivers to be sent to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League prior to Pittsburgh's season opener against the Buffalo Sabres at PPG Paints Arena on Oct. 3. 

"Conversations are going on," Rutherford said. "If someone wants to make a trade, then there's a good chance we will do that. Otherwise, we're either going to keep all three on the roster or hope one of them clears waivers."

The Athletic also reported the Penguins are willing to trade other players, including defenseman Jack Johnson and forwards Bryan Rust and Nick Bjugstad to stay under the $81.5 million NHL salary cap.

"We can still find a way to make this roster compliant," Rutherford said. "We can go with fewer than 23 players on the roster, but that's not ideal. We'll see. We could certainly move somebody."

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