Rangers Roundup: SKA Goalie Coach Speaks About Shestyorkin, Former Rangers In Charity Game

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Here are the latest rumblings around Rangerstown.

Davydov Speaks About Shestyorkin

In speaking with Russian site Championat, SKA goalie coach Rashit Davydov discussed young SKA goaltender and Rangers prospect Igor Shestyorkin.

When he was asked about Shestyorkin and his plans for the future, Davydov said that the 22-year-old should focus on his development with SKA.

Shesterkin goes to the NHL in a year? Probably, it is necessary to ask him. But I myself sometimes talk this theme with Igor, in terms of his motivation. Whatever his plans and prospects, it is here, [with] SKA, that you must do your work honestly and qualitatively, so that you and everyone around you will be satisfied with your game. Everything that will happen later will be later. Now Shesterkin is SKA’s goalkeeper, and all his thoughts should be connected with this team. –  Championat

Shestyorkin’s contract with SKA is up at the end of their season, and the conventional wisdom is that he will likely come over to North America at that time. At the end of last season, SKA goaltender Mikko Koskinen left the club to join the Edmonton Oilers. However, instead of being promoted to the team’s number one netminder, the club went out and acquired former Rangers goaltender Magnus Hellberg. My feeling is that Shestyorkin will honor the end of his contract and then leave St. Petersburg for the bright lights of New York City.

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Rangers Alumni Give Back

Former Blueshirts icons Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, and Stephane Matteau, along with fellow alumni Pat LaFontaine, Arron Asham, and Colton Orr will all be playing in the Hockey Helps Marathon, raising money for local charities including Hockey Fights Cancer and Soulful Living for Recovery among others.

“When [Jim] came up with this idea, I was excited,” Graves said. “For me, just to see how many different groups of people and all the different people that are going to benefit from people playing hockey, that for me is the great power for the game to grow: what it can do for the hockey community.” – Jon Lane/NHL.com

The charity even is this weekend in Dix Hills. The marathon starts at 10:00 on Saturday morning, and finishes 24 hours later on Sunday morning.

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