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The Daily: Pens May Not Keep Ex-Red Wings Player; Bruins Goalie Update

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Former Detroit Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic was the Pittsburgh Penguins starter down the stretch, but he could be a one-and-done player for the organization.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now’s Dan Kingerski writes that signs point to the Penguins not re-signing Ned.

Nedeljkovic will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“(Nedeljkovic’s) been very vocal about his views (wanting to return),” Dubas said. “As I said to him yesterday, we have a situation where we have a young goaltender that’s also pushing, Joel Bloomqvist,” Dubas said. “We’re going to use this next stretch of weeks, the last two games with (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins) … and then really (important), the playoffs with Wilkes. How does Joel play? Can he assert himself at that level? And then we’ll have more information on how we want to go ahead with our goaltending.”

As Kingerski points out, that does sound that it’s Bloomqvist’s job to lose. Tristan Jarry’s long-term contract assures him the other Pittsburgh spot.

 

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