For healthy Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry, it’s “business as usual.”

After struggling significantly in the 2021 postseason, Tristan Jarry had a fairly simple goal for the upcoming offseason.

“I’m going to be better,” the Penguins’ top goaltender vowed after losing to the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2021 playoffs.

He had a completely different pursuit last offseason.

Just heal your right leg.

Jarry missed the last six games of the regular season and the first six games of the postseason after suffering the injury on April 14.

His only playoff game was a gutsy 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their first-round series. After the game, Jarry limped heavily into the media room, favoring his right leg, which was covered in an ice pack.

On Thursday, during the first day of on-ice practice at Penguins training camp, Jarry shared a few more details about the nature of his illness.

“After the playoffs, I couldn’t put my skates on for almost a month,” Jarry said. “I practically played with a broken leg. At that point, I was only three weeks into rehab when I started playing. Practically during this time it did not heal. It’s that I did what I could and I did the best I could with what I had. Over the summer I just got healthy, adapted my game to what happened and got it back to 100%.”

Jarry noted that it took more than a month for him to be medically cleared to resume normal training after the Rangers defeat.

“It was something that didn’t heal as quickly as I expected,” Jarry said. “It was something that I had to take very good care of, and I had to do a lot of treatment and therapy. It will help me this year and make me stronger.”

If the Penguins beat the Rangers to advance, the team would likely return backup goaltender Louis Domingue, who played in the first six games of the first-round series.

“The plan ultimately was for me to play Game 7 and get more rest,” Jarry said. “Then play again, hopefully later in the second round. The basic plan was for me not to play until the 3rd and 4th rounds. I wanted to just go back to this 7th game. I wanted to give the team a chance. I wanted to leave it there and try to get to round 2.”

A two-time All-Star, Jarry explained the mechanical challenges of playing such a technically dependent position.

“You have to watch when you move into your position in the first place,” Jarry said. “You have to make sure it’s strong enough to be able to go up and down that side. And to be able to insist strongly on it. Your foot and ankle are huge mechanics that a goalkeeper uses. Just being able to get used to it, being able to slowly integrate it back into your game and get it back to 100% when you can.”

Jarry has made a full recovery and enters the 2022-23 season as the team’s undisputed starter. However, it remains to be seen what his future is at the club after this season.

Jarry was an unrestricted free agent in the 2023 offseason, but was tight-lipped but upbeat when discussing his contract status.

“If that’s something we could do, if we could come to an agreement on that, that would be great,” said Jarry, who is entering the final year of a three-year, $3.5 million salary cap contract.

As for things on the ice, it’s status quo for Jarry.

“I think it’s business as usual,” coach Mike Sullivan said. “He is a really good goalkeeper. He diligently prepares for the meeting. You know, it was an unfortunate circumstance last year when he got injured like he did. But this is hockey. It’s part of the game and you have to find ways to deal with it. You can control where you can, and you can’t be too concerned about what you can’t.

“I know he’s motivated. He wants to help this team. He wants to help his team succeed. And I believe that he is very capable of this.”

Note: Defensive end Nolan Collins, selected in the sixth round (No. 167 overall) of this year’s draft, participated in practice in a non-contact jersey. He participated in the team’s rookie camp last week in the same capacity.

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Seth Rorabeau is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. You can reach Seth by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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