Igor Shesterkin

Igor Shesterkin leaves games with lower body injury

9:44PM: Gerard Gallant said after the game:

  • On Shesterkin, “they are telling me it’s not as bad as it looks.”
  • What is your level of concern, “None, not major yet, they haven’t told me nothing to worry about it.”
  • Will he have an MRI tomorrow, “trainer just ‘don’t worry about it,’ that is all he told me. Minor lower-body, we will see.”
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Igor Shesterkin signs four-year contract

3:06PM: Shesterkin’s cap hit will be $5.65 million. (Seravalli)

3PM: The Rangers have announced that Igor Shesterkin has signed a four-year contract.

The deal is believed to be worth between $5.5 million and $5.75 million. (Brooks)

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Igor Shesterkin is day to day with a mild groin strain

3:23PM: The Rangers have announced that Igor Shesterkin is day-to-day with a mild groin strain.

Shesterkin left last night’s game in the third period and had to be helped off the ice.

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Igor Shesterkin starting against Dallas on Tuesday

5:35PM: David Quinn spoke after practice today and said (MSG):

  • What has changed in the last few games, “defense. Right htrough that Montreal game, there was this stat that we showed the team before our video session today. From January 7th through that Montreal game, we were second in the league in goals per game and fifth in the league in goals against. That wasn’t a small sample, almost two months. We had the second most wins in the league, best PP, but it was all stemming from playing good defense. In the last five games we have given up 24 goals. This was much more about resetting the mindset, committing to playing defense, understanding what we have to do and what our recipe is for success. That is what it comes down to.”
  • Are you going to use different goalies in the back to back, “I really haven’t even thought, I imagine that we will, but I haven’t had a conversation with anyone about it.”
  • Why Igor against Dallas, “I think Igor has earned an opportunity to get another kick at the can after being off for so long and having the great run that he had and then an injury. I anticipated him probably, regardless of his first game back, probably having a little bit of rust. I think he has earned this opportunity to get another kick at the can.”
  • Any update on Kreider, “he’s coming along, coming along and making good progress. He’s walking with less than a limp so that is a good sign.”

12:17PM: Igor Shesterkin will start on Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. (NYR)

Shesterkin returned on Saturday against the Devils and was pulled after allowing five goals on 23 shots.

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Igor Shesterkin starting against the Devils

6:32PM: David Quinn spoke before the game and said (NYR):

  • On Shesterkin returning, “I didn’t know what the timeline was going to be, you just check in with your players when they are hurt and see how they are feeling on a daily basis. This didn’t really creep up on anyone in the walls of our locker room. I’m not surprised based on how things were going.”
  • Are you calling someone up before the trip, “haven’t talked about it, so nothing we are contemplating yet. Might change after the game.”
  • On Kakko, “One of the things I liked, about three weeks ago, and we talked about it with him yesterday was I thought his defensive zone play had improved dramatically and I think there has been a little bit of slip. I don’t want to get into specifics but from a defensive standpoint there is room for improvement, as there is with every one of our forwards. The thing I liked about his game, three weeks ago, was way more balance in his game. One of the things I’ve liked lately is he looks more threatening offensively, I think there has been more pop in his game, but defensively it’s slipped a little but I’m anticipating him getting back on track from a defensive perspective.”

5:30PM: Igor Shesterkin will return to the Rangers lineup and start against the Devils on Saturday. (NYR)

Shesterkin has been out with a rib fracture he suffered in a car accident on 2/23.

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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)