Lundqvist and Georgiev (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

Leafs have inquired on Georgiev but Rangers holding steady

Darren Dreger last night confirmed what we’ve been saying for awhile, the Leafs (and other teams) have kicked the tires on Georgiev. He did note that although they talked with the Rangers, no formal offers were made.

Situation Update

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This morning, Dreger was on the radio show First Up to discuss the situation further. He stated that after the tweet his contact from the Rangers touched base with him about Georgiev. Here are the key takeaways from his comments:

  • A lot of teams have inquired on Georgiev
  • Kyle Dubas spoke with Jeff Gorton, no official offer was made
  • Rangers want a significant package for Georgiev IF they decide to move him
  • Dreger doesn’t feel that is the right fit for the Leafs

Of course, the interview goes on to discuss the Leafs need help on defense and Kasperi Kapanen is likely the forward they are willing to part with in a trade.

This all harkens back to what I wrote yesterday about Georgiev being part of a much larger deal. Check it out by clicking the link below.


12 thoughts on “Leafs have inquired on Georgiev but Rangers holding steady

  • January 17, 2020 at 11:32 am

    I love the smoke. But where is the fire?

    Skjei and Georgie for William Nylander. Don’t want to see Kreider leave but this softens the blow and them some. The 5.5 million off the books with Skjei’s departure will allow Gorton to keep at least one of Strome or ADA; perhaps both, if he gets even more creative.

    Kapanen is not the prize. Nylander is. Let the Leafs settle for the Finn. They cannot afford Nylander long term anyway.

    Toronto is vulnerable and Gorton needs to take advantage.

    • January 17, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Talk about how can anyone call themselves a Ranger fan wanting Lundqvist gone, how can anyone watch Geo and want him gone instead?

      So Zsa Zsa can get her hair done at her favorite all day NYC spa?

      Yeah right.

      She can come back when they raise her jersey on “Never Won Nothing” night

      • January 17, 2020 at 11:57 pm

        Have you figured out yet that Zsa Zsa Gabor isn’t Swedish but Hungarian yet?

  • January 17, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    I believe no matter how unlikely the Organization will move Lundquist, and let Georgiev and let Shestyorkin finish the season out. The rumor with Colorado wont go away. I love Hank but this is bout future of the Rangers. I will love to see that Hank win the cup.

  • January 17, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    I believe no matter how unlikely the Organization will move Lundquist, and let Georgiev and let Shestyorkin finish the season out. The rumor with Colorado wont go away. I love Hank but this is bout future of the Rangers. I will love to see that Hank win the cup.

  • January 18, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Here we go again.. getting rid of our future and keeping the old… does dolan have anything to do w/this? If he does he must b/good friends w/the queen…

  • January 18, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Shesty Sunday.

    Hank in mothballs lol.

    Guess whats next lol

    • January 19, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Georgie is traded….

  • January 18, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Just don’t understand…been a diehard Rangers fan since the late 1950’s when I saw my first game as young kid at the old Garden… seen a lot of games…and a lot of players…some good trades and all too many boneheaded ones…there’s a logjam in goal…with all due respects to Henrik who has accomplished a great deal for the Rangers and will be a Hall of Famer…but if you want to truly build this team into a Cup contender, why would you keep talking Georgiev trade when he could be part of, with Shesterkin, one of the most dominant goalie tandems in recent memory…Henrik is gone at the end of next season…what then? Shesterkin is being touted as a legitimate top notch talent,,,but the sample size at the NHL level is still very limited…why trade Georgiev who may turn out to be one of the premier goalies in the NHL? And for what? I’m hearing Toronto is interested…and speculatively for whom? Pundits are suggesting William Nylander for Georgiev and Skjei…somebody must be on something…shades of Brad Park and Rick Middleton, etc? Can we expect that someone with a shred of brains will do the right thing for a change?

    • January 19, 2020 at 10:02 am

      Howie….I have been a Rangers Fan as long as you have, isolated in the hockey crazed mecca of Toronto. Two things….

      1. I believe (at this point in time) that Georgie may be the best tender on the roster. I would hate to lose him before the heir apparent to Lundy is crowned. However, by the same token he is one of the RFAs (with arbitration rights) or UFA’s for that matter, who has the highest marketability. You cannot assess Georgiev outside the context of the cap crunch this team will face next season and their roster deficiencies.. In other words, the big picture. Retaining Georgiev will not come cheaply. Even on a bridge deal, his cap hit will more than triple. The Rangers cannot afford him unless they find a way to jettison the King. Need I remind you that he has a NMC and he has every right not to wave it..

      2. Nylander has turned into an absolute stud. I get to see him quite often. He is powerful, fast and has a deadly shot. In short, he is a consistent performer at only 23. Scoring forwards are in short supply on this roster. Two of Strome, kreider and Buch are not likely to be around next season and neither Kravstov, Kakko nor Anderson (our vaunted future) are likely to be difference makers next season. Zib and Panarin are in, or are heading into, their prime. They need a strong supporting cast on the front end that will no doubt will be weaker next season. There is no-one in the pipeline at forward other than Krav and Kakko and neither are breeding a lot of confidence, yet.

      Would I make that trade for Nylander? DAMN RIGHT! I am one of the “pundits” that suggested it. Is it a bold move? Hell, yes it is. I have been labeled “crazy” by many Toronto fans at the mere suggestion that it could be possible. Not a single internet GM or well regarded blogger would offer up Nylander for that return. But I subscribe to the “perfect storm” theory. The Leafs are entering desperation mode and face the real possibility that with their vaunted offense, they may miss the playoffs. Their home loss to the Hawks last night (6-2) is evidence of their weaknesses and needs. Their number one back stopper is regressing and lacks confidence. They are missing their top two defenders who wont return until March. Even before the injuries their D was more porous than the Rangers.

      I am not burdened by the pretense that many in Leaf nation would have us believe. They claim that all they need is a backup to Andersen and as a backup with a relatively short track record, Georgie is not worth more than a minor league prospect (Bracco). If that is all he is worth then the deal simply will not happen. There is no urgency for Gorton to trade him at this time. The truth is the Leafs need more than a backup. If anything, they need a young goalie ready to ascend to number one. If not this season, then next because they are unlikely to re-up Andersen as a UFA after next season. Georgie is the perfect fit for the Leafs and has the capacity to salvage their season.

      However, their need for immediate improvement on D is even more pressing. Enter Brady Skjei. In all likelihood, he will not be enough to extricate Nylander from their grasp. At the risk of further criticism, I’d even offer up Trouba in his place. I hope he has more left in his tank because his performance thus far has been uninspiring and his cap hit compounds his mediocre performance. Freeing up 8 million next season would go a long way to signing Strome, ADA and Buch, all of whom they will need in the short term, at least until Kakko and Krav emerge.

      So that’s the big picture. Gorton can deal from a position of strength here for all the reasons I have given. This is the time for a dramatic move that could cement his legacy on Broadway. In fact it could be one of those rare moves that benefits both teams. Its gonna be an interesting month a ahead.

      • January 19, 2020 at 7:19 pm


        This is where Toronto is full of it.
        They claim Georgiev is only a backup and only worth measley, Bracco. However, in the next breath they state how he is going to command much more salary next year due to arbitration eligibility RFA status. Common sense screams that a mere back up would not receive the compensation they are predicting. Hence, they are full of it.

        We need to take advantage of them if we deal with them. They need to make a deal ASAP. They can’t afford to waste any time, cause it could cost them this season.

        And honestly, I really hope we keep the two young netminders.

        Dubas is going to hit the panic button!

        • January 20, 2020 at 2:31 am

          Couldn’t agree with you more.

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