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Time To Move A Goalie For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There is probably as good a chance that the team will continue to carry three goaltenders through the Feb. 24 trade deadline as there is that Alex Georgiev will be dealt.

And while it is sensible not to rush to judgment simply to avoid an unwieldy situation, let’s not kid ourselves, this might represent the height of interest in Georgiev, who has turned in some excellent performances but has not exactly established himself as an untouchable over the last six weeks.

If so, if general manager Jeff Gorton can stoke a bidding war for the 23-year-old pending restricted free agent with arbitration rights, if the Blueshirts could get a no-doubt top-nine winger with potential top-six upside, this would be the time to strike....

There is zero evidence that Lundqvist will ask to be moved. There is no indication that he would agree to waive his no-move clause if a Cup contender comes calling. There is no chance that management would approach him with that request absent legitimate interest from a third party.

Perhaps the dynamics could change, but that seems quite unlikely. Absent further notice, then, expect Lundqvist to be here through at least the end of the season, if not through the remainder of his contract that expires after next year.

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Henrik Lundqvist Watching Just Like Eli Manning Did

from Peter Botte of the New York Post,

“They’re not easy discussions, but Hank and I also have had good conversations regarding the situation we’re in,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “It’s about players adapting in their careers, and as their careers evolve.

“[Lundqvist] is in a situation where he’s obviously not playing the amount he’s played in the past. That doesn’t mean he’s not a really good goalie. We have faith in him. But our organization feels that we’re gonna have three goalies here as of right now, and it’s just kind of the way it’s evolved and the situation we’re in.”

The Rangers (23-19-4) have won four of their past five games, with Shesterkin and Georgiev notching two wins apiece, sandwiched around a 5-2 loss Jan. 11 in St. Louis in Lundqvist’s lone appearance between the pipes during that stretch.

“It’s a bit of a challenge, for sure. In the end, you want to play. If you’re in this room, you want to play games,” said Lundqvist, who has one year remaining on his contract at a $8.5 million cap hit with no indication he’d be willing to waive his full no-trade clause. “I understand the big picture here, and at the same time, [Georgiev and Shesterkin] are playing well, both of them. I’m trying to focus on the things I can control, and that’s the way I practice and prepare.

“It’s important for me not to overthink it too much, and I’m sure it was the same for [Manning] when he went through it. I know I can play well when I get the next opportunity to play and get my chance.”

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A “Ballsy” Win For The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It was the first word out of David Quinn’s mouth after the game, and the Rangers coach hardly needed to say more about his team’s effort.

“Ballsy,” Quinn said after a power-play goal from Chris Kreider with 24.6 seconds left in regulation gave his team a second straight win over the Islanders, this one 3-2 on Thursday night at a raucous Coliseum. “Just a real gutsy effort by our guys.”

This was quite a bit different than the 6-2 shellacking the Rangers (23-19-4) put on the Islanders (28-14-4) on Monday night at the Garden. That was an offensive whirlwind led by Artemi Panarin, and this was a physical and mental grind that gave the Blueshirts their fourth win in the past five games since coming back from western Canada.

It also felt like a rivalry game, played to the soundtrack of alternating chants from the split crowd of 13,917. And it turned when old buddy Derick Brassard got called for cross-check when he upended Jesper Fast with 54 seconds left in regulation, setting up Kreider’s game winner on a rebound.

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Watch the game highlights below.

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Decision Time Coming For Chris Kreider

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Artemi Panarin was dazzling, Chris Kreider was dominant and the Rangers have one day shy of six weeks to figure out just how to keep what likely is the NHL’s most dynamic one-two punch down the left side intact beyond the Feb. 24 trade deadline.

They’re going to have to figure out how to convince Kreider, who notched his eighth goal in the last 13 games and 15th overall in Monday’s 6-2 Garden rout of the Islanders, to forego a shot at the open market merely months before he’s eligible to reach it.

Because it makes little sense for the Blueshirts to have invested in the incandescent Panarin, who scored two more goals and added three more assists and whose season is beginning to resemble Jaromir Jagr’s franchise record-setting 2005-06, and wheel one of their most important players for draft choices and futures.

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Colorado Avalanche Could Have Interest In Henrik Lundqvist

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Jared Bednar expects goalie Philipp Grubauer to turn it around — just like he did last season. The Avalanche coach believes his No. 1 goalie to begin the season will bounce back from a mid-season funk and re-establish himself as a strength for a playoff-bound team.

But if that doesn’t happen, and the Avs aren’t convinced backup Pavel Francouz can carry the load, they might have a trade option in acquiring future Hall of Fame goalie Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers in a short-term marriage.

Lundqvist, 37, who has yet to hoist the Stanley Cup, is under contract through 2020-21, with an $8.5 million annual cap hit but just a $5.5 million salary next season. His contract would expire when Colorado begins paying big money to Gabe Landeskog and Cale Makar, whose current deals also end next season.

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Video- Jacob Trouba Fined For Slashing

NEW YORK (Jan. 12, 2020) – New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn during NHL Game No. 698 in St. Louis on Saturday, Jan. 11, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 20:00 of the third period. Trouba was assessed a major penalty for slashing and game misconduct.

You can watch the incident below starting at the :52 second mark.

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Igor Shesterkin’s Debut For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers were committed to keeping the puck away from the net at Shesterkin’s end and taking it to the one at the other end while cashing in opportunistically. The Blueshirts kept their errors to a manageable number and kept the league’s highest scoring team in check to break their three-game regulation losing streak.

As they did so, Shesterkin played with poise. Hours after his hands were shaking so badly on the way to the building that he couldn’t drink water — he told the story on himself — he was soaking in cheers every time he touched the puck.

It’s not that the fans have been waiting for someone to replace Henrik Lundqvist, not at all. It is that the fans had been waiting for the heir for five years while he recorded minuscule numbers in the KHL. It isn’t about what have you done for me lately, but what can you do for me next year and the one after that and the ones after that when, if the blueprint holds, the Rangers should contend for the Stanley Cup.

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Too Many Goalies For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Tuesday’s match at the Garden represents the first game of the second half of the season, but it seems more like Game 1 of 2020-21 — and beyond — for the Rangers now that Igor Shesterkin has been recalled from AHL Hartford and given the starting assignment against the Avalanche.

It is unclear whether the Blueshirts willingly jumped into the future or were pushed by the unnerving prospect of Shesterkin exercising his contractual out-clause and leaving the Wolf Pack to return to the KHL or play in another league in Europe. It is not known whether ultimatums were issued or hypothetical dates were discussed, but we do know that management has been in constant communication with the goaltender’s agent, Rick Komarow, over the last month, if not longer.

The thing is, the timing of this maneuver is a bit curious. Henrik Lundqvist and Alexandar Georgiev remain on the roster and are in good health. Lundqvist isn’t going anywhere. Georgiev’s waivers-exempt status expired on Dec. 20, when he played the 60th game of his NHL career. And though Georgiev has been erratic over the last two weeks, while Lundqvist has hit some high notes but missed on others, the team’s goaltending is the least of its problems.

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The New York Rangers At The Trade Deadline

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers have a choice as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches. More accurately, team president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton will have choices, plural, though choices, difficult, over the next eight weeks.

It is not scripture that pending free agent Chris Kreider must be sent away in a deal for futures. It is not etched in stone that pending restricted free agents Ryan Strome and Tony DeAngelo, both salary arbitration eligible, must be traded because their numbers are too good.

There are 23 games before the deadline hits. This will provide more than enough time for the Blueshirts to declare themselves as legit playoff contenders — or not — and more than enough evidence for management to proceed.

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Questioning The Recent Moves By The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, who go into the NHL’s most civilized three-day holiday hiatus eight points behind second wild-card qualifier Carolina, which is twice as far as they are ahead of 29th-place overall Los Angeles:

Believe me, I would have posed this question even before Monday’s 5-1 loss at Philadelphia, in which Kevin Hayes scored twice.

But here it is: Would the Rangers be better off if they’d signed Hayes to the five-year deal, worth between the $5.75 million-$6 million, for which they could have had him during summer 2018 rather than trading him to Winnipeg at the deadline for Brendan Lemieux and that first-rounder the Blueshirts then sent back to the Jets with Neal Pionk in exchange for Jacob Trouba?

They’d have Hayes ensconced as their second center, they’d have had Pionk as an asset entering last offseason and they almost certainly would not have bought out Kevin Shattenkirk if they hadn’t acquired Trouba.

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