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The Rangers reportedly want a first-round pick for Alex Georgiev

7/16/21 | Elliotte Friedman was speaking about potentially available goalies, on the 31 Thoughts podcast, and said “I think Georgiev from the Rangers” and he has previously mentioned Georgiev while speaking about the Oilers.

7/15/21 | Frank Seravalli writes that the Rangers are reportedly telling interested teams that the price for Alex Georgiev includes a first-round pick. (Daily Faceoff)

Georgeiv is signed through this coming season at $2.45 million.

Seravalli notes that the Rangers don’t need to move Georgiev and that this would be a “luxury move.” (Daily Faceoff)

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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.”
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Where things stand with the Rangers and the trade deadline (Updates)

2/13/20 | 2:27PM: Larry Brooks said on the NY Post Rangers podcast, “The Kreider thing now is essentially going to become a negotiation between the Rangers and Kreider’s party. I think the Rangers want to keep Kreider, I think they have come to the spot where they believe in the next couple of years that they could be a much better team with Chris than whatever they are able to get back for him but it’s going to become a contract negotiation. (NY Post)

2/12/20 | 8:02PM: On NBCSN, Bob McKenzie said “there have been negotiations in the last week to 10 days. The fact that they are talking, has created this, I wouldn’t want to call it a sense of optimism, that might be too strong, but there is that feeling out there. Kreider is on fire, this is a guy they really need for the short-term and long-term in New York, maybe they can get a deal done and maybe they can, but maybe they can’t. It really depends on Kreider, the number of years that he wants, the dollars that he wants and how realistic it is. They are getting offers on Kreider, they are going to be really good offers, and a dual track program and going down one track of negotiating to see if they can come up with a deal and going down the other track and negotiating with other teams as to what they could get if they traded him, too soon to say which way it’s going to go.”

2:51PM: Elliotte Friedman writes at Sportsnet that contract talks are “underway” with Kreider but the Rangers are continuing to do their “due diligence” on his trade value.

2/11/20 | 9:09PM: On TSN’s The Quiz, the options offered for a potential Chris Kreider trade were Florida, St. Louis, Washington, Boston or Colorado. Dave Pouiln chose Colorado, Jeff O’Neil chose Florida and Bob McKenzie chose St. Louis in a coin flip over Boston.

6:45PM: On TSN’s Insider Trading, Bob McKenzie said:

  • “There have been contract negotiations between Matt Keator, the agent for Chris Kreider and Rangers GM Jeff Gorton and because they have had these talks finally and gotten it going there seems to be, maybe, this growing sense of optimism that Kreider might come off the trade bait board and sign an extension with the Rangers. I think optimism is too strong a word, is it possible, sure, but it’s also going to be difficult for the Rangers to meet what Chris Kreider is looking for. What we have is dual tracks, the contract negotiations going on over here, trade talk going on over here and it still could very much go either way. What we do know is that if Chris Kreider stays, some combination of Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Strome and Tony DeAngelo, RFAs, would have to go, if not by the deadline than in the offseason.”
  • “The Rangers are believed to be continuing to take calls on trading Alex Georgiev, whether that happens by the deadline or the summer, it’s looking for a lot of people like maybe the summer would be the time to resolve the three headed monster in New York.”

11AM: TSN has the following Rangers listed on their latest trade bait board:

  • 1: Chris Kreider
  • 8: Tony DeAngelo
  • 12: Pavel Buchnevich

Kreider has remained at #1 through the entire season.

Alex Georgiev, ranked 17th in last week’s Trade Bait list, was not listed this time. Georgiev was ranked 5th in the 1/21 list.

Craig Custance has Kreider at #1 on his NHL Trade Deadline Big Board and writes that while there are 7-8 teams with “serious interest” in Kreider, “there appears to be momentum for him staying in New York, especially if the rental market remains lukewarm.” (The Athletic)

Georgiev was ranked 12th by Custance. (The Athletic)

In Custance’s first Trade Deadline Big Board from January 8th, Kreider was ranked 1st, Georgiev 11th and DeAngelo 15th. (The Athletic)

Custance also added in that 1/8 article that Ryan Strome “could likely be had at the right price.” (The Athletic)

Rick Carpiniello lists, in addition to Kreider and Georgiev, Jesper Fast, Ryan Strome, DeAngelo, Brady Skjei and Pavel Buchnevich as players that could be available depending on other moves that are made. (The Athletic)

Carpiniello write that he thinks Jeff Gorton and the Rangers will make “multiple trades” prior to the deadline. (The Athletic)

The trade deadline is 2/24 at 3PM.

Adam Rotter: The focus heading into the deadline is mostly focused on Kreider as a pending UFA and Georgiev because of the Rangers three-goalie situation. Many around the NHL believe that Jesper Fast will re-sign with the Rangers prior to the deadline and that is why, despite playing with Artemi Panarin and his ability to play up and down the lineup, he isn’t mentioned much as a rental.

The Rangers have no shortage of suitors for Kreider and will likely have their price met (at least a young/prospect forward, first round pick) if they decide to trade him. The Rangers prefer not to move Kreider but short and long-term it just may not work with the cap and the amount of money allocated to two LWs.

With Georgiev, the Rangers will have more suitors in the summer and could likely package him with another player for a bigger return, but I don’t think he’s going to get many starts the rest of the season. That doesn’t mean the Rangers should trade him because he isn’t going to play, but he likely won’t get many chances to increase his value.

The other players mentioned relate to Kreider in that if he signs, some of them will have to be moved, and not relate to Kreider in that the Rangers may just want to move them, younger/cheaper players are pushing them or their future contracts could cause issues down the road. Most of those other players though are likely to be moved, if they are at all, at the draft when more teams will have space/interest and the Rangers could use them to move up in the draft or fill other needs. It’s hard to project though since Kreider’s status has a huge impact both on the lineup and on the cap. There are arguments for keeping (their production) and trading (usually based around prospects/young players coming or their potential salaries) each of them, but these are decisions that I think will be handled after the season.

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What people are saying about a potential Alex Georgiev trade

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.”

Georgiev was ranked 5th on TSN’s trade bait board with Chris Kreider staying at number one. (TSN)

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.

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Rangers reportedly looking for forwards in potential Georgiev deal

1/17/19 | James Mirtle writes at The Athletic that the Leafs have made “multiple” inquiries on Georgiev and that the Rangers are interested in a “quality young player that can play now.”

Mirtle notes that the Leafs, at this time, don’t appear ready to meet that price. (The Athletic)

1/16/19 | Darren Dreger tweets that the Leafs have inquired on Georgiev but have not yet made an offer. He adds that the Rangers “need a lot” to move him.”

1/15/19 | Elliotte Friedman wrote at Sportsnet that it will cost more than forward Jeremy Bracco for the Leafs to acquire Georgiev.

1/13/19 | 8:30AM: On TSN, Darren Dreger said “when I checked on him on Friday, or on the goaltending of the Rangers, the message I got back from people that I trust there is that it’s way too early. They have three guys there but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are willing to part with any of them at this stage.” (TSN)

1/11/20 | 10:19PM: Elliotte Friedman said on Hockey Night in Canada that “the word is out now that the Rangers will at least listen” to potential trade offers for Alex  Georgiev.” (Sportsnet)

Friedman continued, “They have a lot of good defense prospects coming and they obviously don’t need goalies so teams are under the impression that it won’t be cheap, it will cost you and probably a forward that is either young and ready to play or close to it. They won’t listen to anything that won’t impress them beneath that.” (Sportsnet)

Adam Rotter: This makes sense and the Rangers are probably targeting a forward that can add more “jam” to their lineup. They were able to do that with Brendan Lemieux last year in the Kevin Hayes trade and a similar target, hopefully one that can be productive offensively, will add another dimension to the Rangers lineup. Who exactly that player is and from what team remains to be seen, but as the Rangers try to build out a roster to go forward with, those are the players they are looking to add.

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What happens now that Igor Shesterkin has been called up

1/8 | Craig Custance writes that the Rangers asking price for Georgiev is not believed to be cheap. (The Athletic)

1/7 | Igor Shesterkin will make his NHL debut tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Rangers are currently carrying three goaltenders, Shesterkin, Henrik Lundqvist and Alexander Georgiev.

Shesterkin, 24 last week, is in the first-year of a two-year entry level deal and his contract includes an ability to leave the Rangers and return to Europe.

Lundqvist, 38 in March, has the remainder of this season and next season with a cap hit of $8.5 million and a full no-move clause in his contract.

Georgiev, 24 in February, is in the final-year of his entry-level contract and is slated to be an RFA at the end of this season. Georgiev also now must pass through waivers to be sent to the AHL.

On the season:

  • Shesterkin in the AHL: 15-4-3, 1.93 GAA, .932 save percentage, 3 shutouts in 23 games
  • Lundqvist: 9-9-1, .909 save percentage, 3.17 GAA, 0 shutouts in 24 games (22 starts)
  • Georgiev: 10-9-1, .910 save percentage, 3.10 GAA, 2 shutouts in 20 games (19 starts)

Adam Rotter: Including tonight, the Rangers have seven games before the All-Star break and bye week and my guess is that Shesterkin will get three games, Lundqvist two and Georgiev two. If Shesterkin steps in and carries his AHL/KHL performance and numbers to the NHL then he will remain with the Rangers and ultimately team with Henrik Lundqvist. That scenario leaves Alex Georgiev as the odd-man-out and make it extremely likely that he gets traded by the deadline. Goalies don’t often move at the deadline but Georgiev is cheap ($792,500) and would draw interest from any number of teams that have starter who are struggling or need a back up.

If Shesterkin struggles or needs some more time in the AHL then it’s easy for the Rangers, he goes back to Hartford and they punt the goalie decision to the offseason. The belief from almost everyone around the league is that the Rangers intend for Shesterkin to follow Henrik Lundqvist and that Georgiev will ultimately be moved. The Rangers have seen a lot from Georgiev and on the whole he has impressed and made this a tougher decision than they probably ever anticipated.

Why was this decision to bring up Shesterkin made now? That is hard to say but it’s probably a combination of his performance in the AHL, maybe a promise made that Shesterkin would be in the NHL by a certain point, to avoid him returning to Europe, and a chance to gauge his readiness for the NHL as teams begin calling about Georgiev’s availability. Should the Rangers have made this move a few weeks ago when they could have still had the flexibility to send Georgiev to Hartford? Maybe, but sending him to Hartford at any point would have likely decreased his value. It’s a tricky situation because having three goalies around long-term just doesn’t work. You dress two goalies per game and there are only two nets at practice. Unless injuries strike the only way this gets resolved is by Shesterkin going back to Hartford, unlikely unless he struggles, or Georgiev is traded. I’d expect that the Rangers will return from the All-Star break with a plan of action and it’s hard to think that the plan will include keeping three goalies around.