DeSmith (groin) was not protected by the Penguins in advance of Wednesday's Expansion Draft.
As such, the 29-year-old will be an option for the Kraken between the pipes. Despite only having a year remaining on his current contract, DeSmith has an attractive cap hit of just $1.25 million and is coming off a 2.54 GAA and .912 save percentage through 20 appearances in 2020-21. It's worth noting that he had surgery in June but is expected to be ready for training camp.
DeSmith had surgery Thursday to repair a bilateral core muscle injury and is facing a 6-8 week recovery.
DeSmith missed the entire postseason for the Penguins due to his groin injury, which forced the team to utilize a struggling Tristan Jarry. The 29-year-old DeSmith is entering the final season of a three-year contract signed with the club in January of 2019. Based on the 6-8 week recovery timeline, DeSmith should be cleared in time for the start of the 2021-22 campaign.
DeSmith -- who missed the entire opening-round series -- was dealing with a groin issue according to coach Mike Sullivan, who told reporters, "Casey was dealing with a soft tissue groin injury, which is not an easy injury from a goaltending standpoint. That's why he was unavailable for the playoffs."
Considering starter Tristan Jarry gave up four or more goals in four of the six playoff clashes with the Islanders, it wouldn't have been a shock to see DeSmith get a look had he been available. The 29-year-old DeSmith has one more year remaining on his contract and figures to be back in Pittsburgh serving as the No. 2 behind Jarry.
DeSmith (lower body) won't be an option for Game 6 against the Islanders on Wednesday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
DeSmith hasn't been skating with the team, so it would appear he is dealing with a longer-term injury. Even once cleared to play, DeSmith is unlikely to unseat Tristan Jarry as the No. 1 option, assuming the Penguins are able to extend the series beyond Game 6.
DeSmith (lower body) won't return to the lineup for Game 5 against the Islanders on Monday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
DeSmith was unlikely to replace Tristan Jarry as the starter for Game 5, so his absence will have minimal impact on fantasy players. Without DeSmith, Max Lagace figures to continue deputizing as the No. 2.
DeSmith (lower body) won't travel with Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4 versus the Islanders on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Not that there was really any doubt after Tristan Jarry's Game 2 performance, but DeSmith's absence pretty much guarantees that Jarry will start the next two games, as Pittsburgh is unlikely to role out Max Lagace. At this point, given the significant layoff due to his lower-body issue, it's likely DeSmtih won't play again this season even if cleared to serve as the backup.
DeSmith (lower body) won't be in the lineup against the Islanders for Game 2 on Tuesday, Pens Inside Scoop reports.
DeSmith's absence likely wouldn't have impacted coach Mike Sullivan's decision to start Tristan Jarry, though another rough outing for Jarry could see the team look DeSmith's way if he is available. The 29-year-old netminder put together a solid regular season in which he posted an 11-7-0 record with a 2.54 GAA and two shutouts. Still, for now, it looks like Jarry's net moving forward. Max Lagace figures to serve as the backup Tuesday.
DeSmith (lower body) didn't skate Sunday and will not dress for Sunday's Game 1 against the Islanders, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
This news all but solidifies Tristan Jarry as the starter for Game 1, though that's yet to be confirmed. Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan figures to be coy with his injury news and lineup announcements throughout the postseason, so updates on DeSmith figure to be few and far between until he's ready to return.
DeSmith (lower body) didn't practice Saturday and is listed as day-to-day ahead of Sunday's Game 1 against the Islanders, Seth Rorabaugh of Tribune-Review Sports reports.
DeSmith hasn't officially been ruled out, but the backup goalie seems unlikely to suit up given his absence from practice. Max Lagace -- who notched a shutout in the season finale to secure the East division crown in his only appearance of 2020-21 -- will likely back up starter Tristan Jarry if DeSmith can't go.
DeSmith -- who was already dealing with an injury -- left Friday's practice session with a lower-body issue. According to coach Mike Sullivan, "He is being evaluated for a lower-body injury. We will have more information moving forward."
A potential injury to DeSmith figures to confirm Tristan Jarry's status as the starter for Game 1 versus New York on Sunday, though Sullivan hasn't officially named his No. 1 netminder for the start of the playoffs. If DeSmith is unable to dress for Sunday's contest, it would leave the untested Max Lagace to serve as the Penguins' backup.
DeSmith (lower body) joined his teammates for Wednesday's practice session.
DeSmith, along with starter Tristan Jarry (upper body), is expected to be available for Game 1 of the playoffs if needed. Jarry is slated to be the No. 1 option in the postseason, which means DeSmith may have played his last game of the year. Still, if he does get called into action, the Penguins faithful should feel fairly confident considering he went 11-7-0 with two shutouts and a 2.54 GAA in 20 outings.
DeSmith (lower body) is expected back for the postseason but he won't be in the lineup against Buffalo on Saturday. Coach Mike Sullivan told reporters, "Tristan is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Casey is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. They will be available for the playoffs, but neither one of them will be available for tomorrow's game."
Unless Tristan Jarry suffers a setback in his recovery from an upper-body issue, we've likely seen the last of DeSmith this year, as Jarry should carry the load for the Penguins in the postseason. When called upon, the 29-year-old DeSmith went 11-7-0 with two shutouts and a 2.54 GAA during the regular season, decent numbers for a No. 2 netminder. Max Lagace figures to get the start with both Jarry and DeSmith unavailable Saturday.
DeSmith (lower body) has begun off-ice work but won't be ready for Thursday's clash with Buffalo.
Tristan Jarry was already announced as the starter against the Sabres, so DeSmith's absence was unlikely to impact coach Mike Sullivan's plans. Still, without their No. 2, Pittsburgh figures to continue utilizing Max Lagace as the backup and could even consider giving him the start in the season finale versus Buffalo on Saturday if the East Division title is out of reach.
DeSmith will be a game-time decision against the Flyers on Tuesday due to a lower-body injury, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
DeSmith was pulled from Monday's matchup due to his lower-body problem, though he also had conceded four goals on 37 shots. Tristan Jarry has already been confirmed as the starter Tuesday, so DeSmith's potential absence wouldn't have a significant impact other than Emil Larmi needing to be elevated to the active roster to serve as the backup.
DeSmith stopped 33 of 37 shots and was replaced by Tristan Jarry to begin the third period of Monday's 7-2 loss to the Flyers.
DeSmith was being evaluated for a lower-body injury according to Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan, but no additional information was provided. Smith was making just his third appearance in the last 12 games and found himself trailing 3-0 before the end of the first period. It was a 4-0 game after 40 minutes when Jarry came off the bench to relieve DeSmith.
DeSmith will tend the twine on the road versus the Flyers on Monday.
DeSmith has played in just two of the Penguins' last 11 contests but has performed well in limited action as he posted a 1-1-0 record and 2.53 GAA in those contests. With only four regular-season contests remaining, this could be the last time DeSmith gets into the crease this year, as Tristan Jarry is a near-lock to start in the playoffs.
DeSmith turned aside 34 shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Devils.
The netminder got staked to a 3-0 lead before the halfway mark of the second period, but DeSmith had to weather a rally by New Jersey before Sidney Crosby potted an empty-netter to give him back some cushion. DeSmith had lost three of his prior four starts coming into Saturday, but on the season he has a solid 2.42 GAA and .913 save percentage.
DeSmith will patrol the home crease during Saturday's matinee matchup with the Devils.
DeSmith wasn't great in his last start Sunday versus Buffalo, surrendering three goals on just 28 shots en route to a 4-2 defeat. He'll try to get back in the win column in a highly favorable home matchup with a struggling New Jersey team that's lost eight straight games.
DeSmith stopped 25 of 28 shots Sunday in a 4-2 loss to Buffalo.
DeSmith gave up a one-timer goal to Arttu Ruotsalainen 26 seconds into the game and was flat-out overpowered on a pair of Sam Reinhart goals over the final two periods. The 29-year-old DeSmith has allowed 17 goals over his last four appearances, winning just once with an .828 save percentage.
DeSmith will protect the road net in Sunday's game versus the Sabres.
Tristan Jarry started the last three games, but DeSmith will get the starting nod on the second leg of back-to-back contests. The 29-year-old netminder has recorded a .912 save percentage and a 10-5-0 record. Despite being out of playoff contention, the Sabres have shown some fight lately with a 5-3-2 record over their last 10 games, and they averaged 3.6 goals in that stretch.
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|05/03||@ PHI||L 2-7||1||4||33||37|
|04/24||vs NJ||W 4-2||1||2||34||36|
|04/18||@ BUF||L 2-4||1||3||25||28|
|04/09||@ NJ||W 6-4||1||4||26||30|
|04/06||@ NYR||L 4-8||1||4||10||14|
|04/03||@ BOS||L 5-7||1||6||21||27|
|04/01||@ BOS||W 4-1||1||1||30||31|
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