If one factor is definite in regards to the Rangers goaltending state of affairs, it’s that Igor Shesterkin is the goalie of the long run. Sooner or later, the Rangers are going to start discovering suitors for a possible Alex Georgiev commerce. It doubtless ought to have began final offseason, but it surely’s laborious to fault Jeff Gorton for maintaining him round as an insurance coverage coverage. Now with the goaltending battle determined, it’ll be Georgiev who’s moved.
Any potential commerce received’t occur till after the growth draft. There are groups that may transfer an asset for a 25 12 months outdated goalie with first rate numbers. HIs .912 SV% in three years with very dangerous Rangers groups doubtless holds some stage of worth.
The primary workforce that involves thoughts is Edmonton. It’s clear they will make offers they consider put them ready to win. Whether or not or not these offers are logical, that’s one other story. There are additionally rumors the Oilers wish to improve at goalie, with Mikko Koskinen being the one practical choice subsequent season.
Edmonton is in an fascinating state of affairs following the Duncan Keith commerce. They now have doubtlessly have 4 defensemen they could want to guard. Keith carries a NMC and have to be protected, however that’s provided that the clause continues to be in impact. There would should be some creativity right here, however there’s a manner for the Rangers to make use of the final protection spot as a commerce chip right here.
Jonathan Fast isn’t good anymore. If the Kings really need to compete it what seems to be a poor Pacific Division, they are going to want an improve. That is one other workforce that’s near turning the nook, and a 25 12 months outdated Georgiev could be precisely what they want.
The Rangers and Kings truly sync up on a number of wild concepts. There’s potential for a prospect/prospect swap, because the Kings are flush with facilities and the Rangers with defensemen. Georgiev may very well be a pleasant sweetener to get a stable middle prospect in alternate for one of many Rangers protection prospects.
Buffalo wants every thing. Georgiev could be the moment starter and finest goalie on that workforce. Like Edmonton, there’s potential for a Georgiev solely deal. In fact that doesn’t imply Georgiev can’t be utilized in a bigger deal for Eichel or probably Sam Reinhart.
If there are any suitors that might make a robust run for an Alex Georgiev commerce, it could be Buffalo. There are a number of commerce situations for this to work for each groups, even when the massive commerce(s) fall by way of.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs have a goaltending challenge, within the sense that as of now it’s simply Jack Campbell. That’s no disrespect to Campbell, who put up a stable 12 months with the Leafs. Nonetheless he solely performed 22 video games, and he will probably be turning 30 and is a UFA on the finish of subsequent season. He additionally doesn’t have a observe file of .920 SV% seasons. Then once more, neither does Georgiev.
The Leafs are extra of a darkish horse than a real suitor, because it actually relies on how they consider their goaltending future.