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Alex Georgiev has Martin Luther King Jr. on his goalie mask

Alex Georgiev has a painting of Martin Luther King Jr. and part of his ‘I Have A Dream‘ speech on his goalie mask.

 

 

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Alex Georgiev signs two-year deal

The Rangers have signed RFA goalie Alex Georgiev to a two-year deal with a cap hit of $2.425 million. (CapFriendly)

Georgiev will have a salary of $2.2 million this season and $2.65 for 2021-22.

He will be an RFA when this contract expires.

From the Rangers:

  • Georgiev, 24, appeared in 34 games with the Rangers this past season, posting a 17-14-2 record, along with a 3.04 GAA, a .910 SV%, and 2 SO.
  • He established career-bests in several categories in 2019-20, including appearances, games started (32), and wins, and he led Rangers goaltenders in all three categories during the season.
  • Georgiev won 13 games in which he made 30 or more saves this past season, which was tied for the sixth-most in the NHL.
  • He posted a 13-5-1 record in 19 road appearances in 2019-20; his 13 road wins were tied for the fifth-most in the NHL during the season, and his .921 SV% on the road was tied for the ninth-best in the NHL (min. 10 road appearances).
  • Georgiev posted a six-game road winning streak from November 23, 2019 at Montreal to December 28, 2019 at Toronto, and his six-game road winning streak was tied for the third-longest by a Rangers goaltender in franchise history (trailing only Mike Richter (eight games in 1996-97) and Dave Kerr (seven games in 1934-35)). Georgiev also tied for ninth among NHL goaltenders (min. 23 appearances) in SV% while shorthanded this past season (.888).

Adam Rotter: This is what was expected for Georgiev and knocks off one RFA from Jeff Gorton’s to-do list. Igor Shesterkin will enter next season as the Rangers #1 goalie but Georgiev will still get a number of starts, probably around 30 in a regular 82-game season, if not a few more. He has proven himself over the past three-seasons to be a very good goalie and a major find for the Rangers as an un-drafted free agent. If he continues to progress as a goalie then this will likely be his last contract with the Rangers and the next one he gets will be as a starter somewhere else.

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DeAngelo, Strome, Lemieux and Georgiev file for arbitration (Updates)

10/13 | The NHLPA has announced the dates for the arbitration hearings:

  • Tony DeAngelo – October 20th
  • Alex Georgiev – October 31
  • Ryan Strome – November 5
  • Brendan Lemieux – November 6

The Rangers and each player could strike a deal prior to the hearing.

Adam Rotter: DeAngelo is first up for the Rangers, a week from today, and while so much focus in the last couple of weeks has been on Ryan Strome’s future, DeAngelo’s future is still in question. I don’t know if DeAngelo’s arbitration award will reach the “walk away” number, but the Rangers won’t walk away from DeAngelo. DeAngelo is a valuable player both to the rest of the NHL as a trade piece but to the Rangers as well. Short-term DeAngelo may be with the Rangers, but his long-term prospects are hazy.

Lemieux and Georgiev should both be easy contracts. Lemieux doesn’t have a ton to go on, in fact he has a some things, like his suspensions, going against him, but I’d expect them to strike a 2-year deal worth the $1.85 million Jesper Fast made. Georgiev will likely get a deal between $2.5 million and $3 million for 2-3 years to avoid arbitration.

10/10 | The NHLPA has announced that the following Rangers have filed for salary arbitration:

  • Tony DeAngelo
  • Brendan Lemieux
  • Alex Georgiev
  • Ryan Strome

Hearings will take place between October 20th and November 8th.

If the arbitration award is greater than $4,538,958, the Rangers can walk away from the award.

From the NHL’s Return To Play MOU, “For 2020, in the event a Club exercises their Walk-Away Right (pursuant to Section 12.10 of the CBA) relating to a one-year Salary Arbitration award, the Player may within four (4) days of receipt of notice from the Club that they are exercising their Walk-Away Right, elect to enter into an SPC with the Club on the same terms as the Club had offered in the Club’s Salary Arbitration Brief.”

The Rangers have not had an arbitration hearing since walking away from Nikolai Zherdev’s award in 2009.

Phil Di Giueseppe, who the Rangers qualified and had arbitration rights, did not file. He will likely accept his qualifying offer salary of $735,000 or something close to it.

Adam Rotter: This was all expected and we will see what the Rangers plan of action is. I’d assume that it will be easier to get Lemieux and Georgiev signed than Strome and DeAngelo, that is if the Rangers plan to keep Strome and DeAngelo.

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Igor Shesterkin on the ice at the morning skate, Georgiev starts against Caps

1:30PM: David Quinn spoke after the morning skate and said (NYR):

  • On Shesterkin being on for the morning skate, “It’s definitely a step in the right direction. I think we are to the point where it’s day to day.”
  • On the lines for tonight, “we will keep the lines the way they are to start.”
  • On Georgiev’s increased workload, “I think he’s done a great job. I think he’s done a very good job. He’s had a good year.”
  • Will how Tuesday ended linger with Georgeiv, “I’ve loved how he’s rebounded from any little adversity. He’s a mentally tough kid and I’m not worried at all about that affecting in any way shape or form.”
  • On needing the young players to score, “it would be nice for us to capitalize on some of those chances, especially Kaapo’s been…he’s always identified himself from points, as do most young players, and we can tell him all we want about being in the right place defensively and a good back check and chipping the puck out. I think sometimes players don’t realize that we want them to score as much as they do but there are all of these things they need to continue to do within the game to be effective players. The thing I like about him is that he’s getting more chances and eventually they will start going in.”
  • On Chytil not scoring, “You touch on it with these guys but you don’t want to spend too much time on it because it’s hard to score in this league. It’s not an easy league to score in and these guys, at their age, it’s a hard league to score in. Especially at this time of year, it’s getting harder. That is why these games are so important for us as an organization to have these young guys experience the games now and hopefully we can make the playoffs and go through that experience as well.”
  • Is Shesterkin the goalie you have the most confidence in, “like we touched on before he got hurt, when you have these guys together you just let the play dictate who is the goalie you are going to use. I thought he separated himself a little bit after a four-week stretch where we had them all here. His numbers prove it. The one thing about goaltending, there isn’t a lot of subjectivity to it. Like I continue to say, we have faith in all of these guys but ‘who is playing the best?’
  • When do you think Shesterkin might be back, “This is his first full-team skate. I don’t know how he felt. It really is down to day to day. Today was full-go for him.”
  • On Jacob Trouba, “I like the way they’ve both played. They have done a good job of getting us out of our end, I love their physicality. I like their all around game in a lot of ways. Smitty had a couple of great scoring chances the other night, Troubs had a great scoring chance in the O-zone. I like a lot about their game, not just one particular thing, there is a lot I like about both of their games.”
  • On Trouba handling Skjei’s departure, “He’s a pro, been in the league long enough. He and I, when Brady got traded, talked a little about how he went through the same experience when Bogosian got traded out of Winnipeg, he was living with Bogosian. He’s been through it before and going through that helps you brace for anything at this level.”

11:30AM: Georgiev will start in net against the Caps. (NYR)

10:40AM: Igor Shesterkin is on the ice for the Rangers morning skate today. (NYR)

Shesterkin has been out since he suffered a non-displaced rib fracture from a car accident on 2/23.

David Quinn has noted in the past week that Shesterkin has been on the ice and taking low shots, but this is his first official time on the ice with his teammates.

Alex Georgiev is expected to start tonight against Washington. (Stephenson)

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Alex Georgiev to start against St. Louis on Tuesday

3:38PM: David Quinn spoke after practice today and said (NYR):

  • On Di Giueseppe on the top line, “I liked his game the other night, a lot of what can happen through the course of the game is the situation, the score, who might be playing well, who may not be. There are a lot of things that go into those decisions. Last night we had some moving pieces, down 5-1 the way we were, things do change. For the most part we will leave that and start it way and see how it goes. With Kreids out you are having a bit of a feeling out process of how might grab that opportunity, but I’ve talked with Mika and Buchie and our staff and we think this is the move for right now.”
  • Why Di Giueseppe, “I love his pace, he plays a lot like Fast, he has that hard working mentality, gets to the net, plays at a pace, he can create room for Buchie and Mika.”
  • Would you move a RW to LW, “It all depends on the player and their history playing left or right, it’s circumstantial depending on what player we are talking about. That is always part of the equation when you think you may want to put a line together, and you’ve got two guys that have played the right for most of the year. Is one of them comfortable on the left and have they done it in the past. Buchie can play the left because he is a left shot, Kaapo. It’s easier for a left shot to go over there, those two guys that could probably do it, have done it and will do it if need be.”
  • Are you prepared to give a timetable on Kreider, “he thinks he’ll be able to come back next week (laugh). We’ll see. He’s in a boot. How quickly he heals will depend on when he gets back.”
  • On Shesterkin’s timeline, “it might be sooner, it might be later. With this type of injury it’s very free flowing, how quickly can you recover? He’s feeling better. He was out there again this morning before we practiced and he’s making a lot of progress.”
  • What is the trust level with players and injuries, “you can tell in practice, we aren’t going to put him in game without testing every possible move. We’ll know for sure.”
  • On Ryan Strome, “we kissed and made up today. He’s back in the lineup. We talked before practice and I would do that with any player. I don’t think that letting a guy wonder is good for anybody. He’s back at it and we’ll need him and he’s been a great player for us.”
  • Who is starting tomorrow, “Georgie.”
  • Do you think you will need to use both goalies coming up, “I go game by game. I’m not just saying that. We sit in our meetings and we talk about tomorrow and that is it.”

1:27PM: Alex Georgiev will start in net for the Rangers on Tuesday against St. Louis at MSG. (Stephenson)

Georgiev stopped 74 of 79 shots against the Islanders and Canadiens last week before giving up five goals on 40 shots against the Flyers.

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The latest on the Rangers and the trade deadline

7:29PM: On NBCSN on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie said:

On Chris Kreider,

  • “The door is still open in terms of negotiations between Chris Kreider and his agent Matt Keator, the dialogue has continued but I think that at this point there is maybe a little more likely that he will be traded than signed, but both options are still very much on the table.”
  • “We believe there are at least five teams that are legitimately interested to varying degrees in Chris Kreider. That would include the Boston Bruins, the Colorado Avalanche, the New York Islanders believe it or not, I’m not sure what the deal would have to look like for Chris Kreider to end up with the Islanders, but nevertheless they are a team that apparently has spoken, along with St. Louis and the Washington Capitals. St. Louis maybe not as much as before after they made the Marco Scandella trade, GM Doug Armstrong suggested that might be all they would do.”
  • “Right now the Rangers expect to get a first-round pick, a good prospect as well as a third piece that could be a player, a lesser pick or lesser prospect, and possibly a conditional pick if the team that acquires Kreider ends up signing him to a long-term deal.”
  • “In an ideal world this goes right down to the deadline on Monday, if the Rangers can get an auction situation going with those teams bidding against each other. At some point they will assess the situation, look at what it would cost to re-sign him, what they have coming through the door if they trade him and pull the trigger one way or the other, probably closer to Monday than now.”

On Alex Georgiev,

  • “I doubt very much that the three-headed goalie monster will be settled by Monday’s trade deadline. The Rangers are still talking to teams about Alex Georgiev and what the price would be for him but they are asking a big price and maybe intentionally so because I don’t know that they really want to trade Georgiev.”

On Jesper Fast,

  • “There is going to be considerable interest in him and I get the sense that the Rangers believe they can probably get at least a second-round pick, maybe a touch more than that, not a first-round pick, but a second-round pick and maybe a little something extra in a trade for him before the deadline.”

On Lias Andersson,

  • “The Rangers are still taking calls on him and there is a chance, not guaranteed, but a chance that he could move by Monday’s deadline.”