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The primary Penguins goaltender controversy involves how the team deals with Matt Murray's contract. (Read my Tribune-Review column by clicking HERE.) Murray is a restricted free agent at season's end. He doesn't already have an extension, and negotiations don't appear to be taking place. Those facts say a lot.

In the meantime, what's wrong with having two good goalies?

Perhaps sharing the load would serve the team best.

Jarry pitched shutouts this past Wednesday and Friday. Murray made 25 saves on 28 shots this past Saturday in Detroit. Murray didn't sparkle, but the Penguins won, 4-3.

Right now, I'd rotate Jarry and Murray. Each plays every other game. Do that until Jarry cools dramatically and Murray heats up. If both don't happen, keep rotating. Neither goalie should have any complaint.

Jarry's shot-stopping speaks for itself.

But Jarry's puckhandling is an important arrow in his quiver. It's superior.

Jarry's puckhandling saves the defensemen plenty of steps and makes them play with their face against the glass less often. It also concedes less face-offs in the Penguins' end.

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