Forecasting Alexandar Georgiev’s role and next contract with Rangers

The Rangers offseason will be very busy, if it hasn’t been busy enough already. There will be plenty of personnel decisions that need to be made and we will start with a big one. Moving forward with Alexandar Georgiev as the back up.

Rangers moving on from Lundqvist

Since Igor Shesterkin came onto the scene, he took hold of the starter and has not relinquished it. Prior to the trade deadline I spoke with SiriusXM NHL radio host, Dennis Bernstein. “Henrik Lundqvist controls where he lands. He is so ingrained in NYC, it’s hard to imagine him agreeing to go to a small market team, probably needs to be a big city/major market,” he told me.

Now it seems that the Rangers have added a wrinkle into his plans. When the season ended, John Davidson informed Henrik that the team will not carry three goalies next season. While he still has some control, a future in New York doesn’t seem to be a choice available to him anymore.

Rangers will want Georgiev to play a significant role

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Lundqvist will give up backup duties to Georgiev (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

Alexandar Georgiev is a RFA who will likely get a nice pay increase on a bridge deal. His current cap hit is under $800,000 and it is likely his next deal will come in the range of $2 to $2.5 million per season.

The 24 year-old goaltender should play a decent role next season as The Czar’s backup. Goaltending around the league is seeing a paradigm shift where the number one isn’t playing 70 games per season. Teams are moving back to tandems in order to keep their goalies fresh for the long postseason.

I expect that Shesterkin will get anywhere from 45-50 games of the potential 82 game schedule. That leaves Georgiev with at least 32-37 starts of his own.