Alexandar Georgiev would have been conspicuous by his absence on the Rangers’ breakup day final week, however there isn’t a lot suspense to his scenario.
Georgiev, a restricted free agent-to-be, has made no secret that he desires extra enjoying time than the Rangers may give him. Although the Blueshirts hung onto him throughout the season, wherein he performed 33 video games with a .898 save proportion, the offseason provides normal supervisor Chris Drury an opportunity to seek out one other backup for Igor Shesterkin who may embrace the position.
Whether or not the 2022-23 season seems extra just like the 52-30 beginning cut up that Shesterkin and Georgiev had this yr or Shesterkin takes a bigger slice of the workload is but to be seen. Shesterkin often joked that he was stunned at how a lot he performed, and the 72 begins he completed the season with, together with playoffs, blew away his earlier profession excessive. However he was efficient proper up till the top.
The Rangers have been paying Georgiev $2.425 million AAV, although if they will get away with paying his substitute much less, that may be ideally suited given their cap crunch elsewhere on the roster.
The marketplace for backup goaltenders is, nicely, what you’ll anticipate for that place. Simply tremendous. Right here’s a take a look at a few of the Rangers’ choices in the event that they select to go after a free agent.
Probably one of the best backup on the market this summer time, DeSmith has performed a pleasant job behind Tristan Jarry and Matt Murray for 4 years and had a .914 save proportion final season. He’s coming off core muscle surgical procedure after an harm suffered in Sport 1 of the playoffs in opposition to the Rangers however, if wholesome, figures to be an agreeable possibility behind Shesterkin, and his final deal carried only a $1.25 million cap hit.
Jones, 32, is actually a replacement-level goaltender at this level, with a save proportion that was astoundingly .896 on the nostril for 3 straight seasons earlier than rising to .900 with the Flyers final yr. That’s a hair higher than what Georgiev gave the Rangers, and Jones’ playoff expertise — he’s been to 2 Stanley Cup Finals and gained one — might serve the Blueshirts nicely in springtime.
Martin Jones may very well be the veteran presence the Rangers want behind Igor Shesterkin.USA TODAY Sports activities
The previous Islander is coming off a tough season with the Crimson Wings, wherein his save proportion dipped to a profession low .891 over 31 video games. However he’s had success in New York earlier than, and if Shesterkin is able to tackle a heavier workload, enjoying fewer video games might assist Greiss be more practical. He would presumably must conform to a pay lower from the $3.6 million AAV his final contract carried, but it surely’s exhausting to see any workforce agreeing to present that to the 36-year-old.
There’s an apparent enchantment right here: Charlie is the brother of Ryan Lindgren, and it feels a secure assumption that the 2 would like to play collectively in New York. Although he hasn’t gotten an prolonged NHL likelihood since 2017-18, he had a .925 save proportion with the AHL Springfield Thunderbirds throughout the common season and has gained 5 of six playoff begins as nicely. It stands to motive he might get an NHL shot, so why not one with the Rangers?
Charlie Lindgren might pair properly as a teammate along with his Rangers defenseman brother, Ryan.Getty Photos
One other former Islander, Halak is 37 and performed simply 17 video games final season, so it’s exhausting to see this making sense if the Rangers need their backup to start out 30 occasions once more. But when that’s negotiable, Halak may very well be a serviceable possibility, as his save proportion has been a hair above .900 in every of the final two seasons.
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If the Rangers need to promote from inside, Kinkaid and Huska are their choices. Kinkaid, who additionally hits free company, was increased within the organizational depth chart this previous season, although each completed with the identical variety of begins for the Rangers — one. It could be stunning to see administration go on this course.
Kaapo Kahkonen is a restricted free agent who the Sharks will presumably attempt to maintain after bringing him in on the commerce deadline. David Rittich, an unrestricted free agent, is coming off an abysmal season in Nashville, with a .886 save proportion. Kevin Lankinen, Sam Montembeault and Scott Wedgewood are all unrestricted free brokers as nicely, doubtlessly at low value. Ditto for Eric Comrie.