Who is Alexandar Georgiev?
Alexandar Georgiev is a 26-year-old goaltender for the New York Rangers. Georgiev was signed by the Rangers in 2017 after a stellar season in the SM-Liiga. With his time in New York, he has never been given the responsibility of being the starting goalie. Many factors have played into the fact that he has never been given the chance.
Georgiev came at a time when the Rangers were in a transition phase. Superstar goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s time in New York was coming to an end and it was time to pass the torch. The torch was not passed to the promising, upcoming Georgiev but instead went to a new name.
Igor Shesterkin is a name now known by every average NHL fan. Shesterkin came to the Rangers and left no questions to be asked on who would take the starting spot. Although by no means a bad goalie, Georgiev is no Shesterkin. Shesterkin went from two really good seasons to now, in his first full season with the Rangers, having the best season by a goalie in NHL history.
At this time the Rangers are in a really tough spot. Shesterkin is undoubtedly the goalie of the future for the Rangers. Georgiev is not bad, but his time in New York is coming to an end. In his last five starts, he is 0-5. With the NHL trade deadline coming in a few weeks, the Rangers are primed to trade the highly coveted Georgiev.
Who do the Rangers want?
The Rangers have a few needs and a lot of high-end trade chips. Guys like Vitali Krastrov, Nils Lundkvist, first and second-round picks, and most importantly Alexandar Georgiev. Former Ranger J.T. Miller is at the top of the list of targets.
Miller (28) was a young, upcoming player with New York before being dealt in 2018 to Tampa Bay. After one season in Tampa, he would again be traded. This time it was to Vancouver, where he broke out as a star. Carrying a cap-hit of $5.25 million Miller comes at a very realistic price. Fetching a player of his caliber will be a high cost though.
Rickard Rakell (28) is another player in a tier just under Miller. Rakell is a C/RW, who has a 30+ goal upside. Rakell is a free agent after this year, but he only has a cap hit of $3,789,444. The trade price will be the same for Rakell as it will for Miller.
With some wishful thinking and salary cap magic by GM Chris Drury, the Rangers could go for Joe Pavelski. Pavelski (37) is playing some of the best hockey of his career and with the Rangers wanting to make a push for the playoffs, he would be a great fit. The only issue is his cap-hit; at a hit of $7 million, it is a real pretty penny.
All these targets would cost the Rangers something along the lines of Georgiev and one of the previously mentioned trade chips, and for a team that is ready to win now, it is a realistic and reasonable price.
Although it may not be how many would have wanted it to end, I think Rangers fans need to give respect to Alexandar Georgiev. He came to New York at a time of a lot of questions and a lot of transitions. However, no matter what happened, he always held his head high and did whatever was needed to win. These next few weeks for Georgiev will be rocky but on behalf of the Rangers fans, thank you. If this is indeed the end, then best of luck wherever you end up next.