1/29/20 | Friedman reiterated that “no one would be surprised” if the Rangers punted their goalie decision until after the season, noting that the Rangers don’t want to “rush into a move they later regret.” (Sportsnet)
He notes that if Shesterkin is to stay in the NHL than the Rangers may look for another goalie to help in Hartford. (Sportsnet)
1/27/20 | 5:30PM: Elliotte Friedman said on NHL Now on Monday that everything he heard this weekend indicated that “it’s more likely than not” that Alex Georgiev would remain with the Rangers past the deadline.
1/23/20Elliotte Friedman was asked about Alex Georgiev on Wednesday and said “if it does happen it’s going to be for something that makes them better” and “I don’t think Georgiev is going unless they really get something good for him.” (Sportsnet)
On the 31 Thoughts podcast, Friedman said of Georgiev “they want a big return, they are listening on him. I have some teams that said to me that they still think the Rangers prefer to keep him. I think they aren’t dealing him unless they get blown off their feet because these might be their goalies in two years. The other thing is that the Rangers don’t have an expansion problem, they don’t have to worry about that, they are confident in that situation but a team that acquires him might. No one wants to trade themselves into an expansion problem, that is a slight hurdle for them.”
Darren Dreger said on the Ray and Dregs podcast this week, “it’s not a decent return that will fetch Georgiev, we are talking about a substantial trade package. Even though most nights he’s a back up goalie he is poised to be a 1B if not a starter in the NHL.”
Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that right now might be the point where interest around the league in Georgiev is highest and that if the Rangers were able to land a top-nine forward, with top-six upside, this would be the time for Jeff Gorton to make a deal.
Adam Rotter: There is a feeling around the league that the Rangers could trade Georgiev right away for picks and/or prospects but that they are focused, as of now, on landing a young forward that can step right in and play. It’s why Kasperi Kapanen’s name comes up any time the Leafs are mentioned. Kapanen would certainly be a fit and could step right into a big role with the Rangers but the Leafs aren’t expected to move him unless it’s for a defenseman that can play big minutes. The Rangers understand what they have in Georgiev, a potential starting goalie, and want a return that matches that. The Rangers, in any of their potential trades, don’t want to be “sellers” in the way they have been the past two years and accumulate picks. They want to make trades like the Kevin Hayes one last year that brought Brendan Lemieux in. If they don’t find anything to their liking they could hold onto him and go with the three-goalie rotation through the end of the year, but that doesn’t seem ideal for anyone. Still, if the Rangers hold firm on what they believe Georgiev is worth this storyline could continue into the spring and summer.