With an extra of goaltenders and a have to have for cap room, Henrik Lundqvist‘s time with the New York Rangers may well be coming to an close after 15 yrs on Broadway.
Rangers president John Davidson did not disclose facts but said he experienced a “personal dialogue” with the 38-calendar year-previous immediately after the crew was eliminated from the qualifying round in three games by the Carolina Hurricanes very last week.
“Knowing the professional unique that ‘Hank’ is, I can notify you that when we obtained off the aircraft back again from Toronto, I did have a discussion with him,” Davidson stated, per NHL.com. “It was a particular discussion we are going to go away it at that. We will keep on owning our discussions to determine out what avenues we’re heading to take as we go ahead. We’ll deal with things the appropriate way and just move ahead with this.”
The Rangers carried a few goalies from January onward this time with Lundqvist competing for starts off with Alexandar Georgiev and rookie Igor Shesterkin.
Lundqvist started just five games following the calendar turned to 2020 soon after generating 21 commences in the 1st three months of the time. The Rangers nevertheless turned to the veteran for the first two online games of their greatest-of-five collection versus Carolina, with Lundqvist allowing for 7 aims on a full of 71 photographs in excess of the two losses. Shesterkin got the start in Sport 3, allowing for a few goals on 30 shots in a 4-1 reduction.
For the normal season, Lundqvist completed with a 10-12-3 document with a .905 conserve share and a 3.16 ambitions-versus regular. Georgiev went 17-14-2 with a .910 conserve percentage and a 3.04 GAA, while Shesterkin posted a sparkling 10-2 file on joining the group with a .932 save share and a 2.52 GAA.
A five-time All-Star, Lundqvist is signed by means of future season at an $8.5 million cap hit. The Rangers now are projected to have a total of $13.5 million in cap place this off-season, tied up in 16 players, with Georgiev, Anthony DeAngelo, Brendan Lemieux and Ryan Strome all moving into restricted cost-free agency.
“It can be rather apparent the scenarios that could take place right here with our goaltending, but to have an solution for you nowadays, I really don’t have that remedy, we you should not have that remedy,” Rangers basic supervisor Jeff Gorton explained. “We can all look at our cap and surprise what is future, what we are going to do? That’s what we are heading to go via. Typically we’ll have our conferences, we will chat to our scouts, we’ll talk to our coaches. We are in the method of chatting, heading by means of our exit conferences by means of Zoom. We’re executing all these points now and the cap is absolutely on our thoughts. We’ll perform by way of it. Realistic thoughts, but answers we don’t have right now.”
Lundqvist, the 2012 Vezina Trophy winner, has a full no-go clause in his agreement.