Talks of trading Alexandar Georgiev to San Jose at the draft re-emerge
This past season, two Rangers were talked about being traded ad nauseam. Chris Kreider, who eventually re-signed at the 11th hour and Alexandar Georgiev were both in constant trade rumors. The Rangers opted to keep Georgiev after looking hard at their goaltending situation and the market. Simply put the Rangers wanted a top 9 forward in return and were having plenty of discussions with the Maple Leafs prior to Kyle Dubas opting to go the cheap route for Jack Campbell from LA.
In a recent article on NBC, a hypothetical trade for Alexandar Georgiev could help solve the Sharks goaltending issues. The basis being the Rangers have a 3 headed monster and will be forced into a move.
The New York Rangers have a surplus of goalies, and that’s the position where the Sharks need help most. San Jose has the NHL’s worst 5-on-5 save percentage (.899) since the start of the 2018-19 season, according to Natural Stat Trick. Of the 69 goalies who have played at least 1,000 5-on-5 minutes during that time, Aaron Dell (.908) and Martin Jones (.894) rank 60th and 68th. That’s not so nice, and the Sharks will need to be better in the crease if they want to return to the playoffs next season.NBC
Sadly, they didn’t get the memo on what Jeff Gorton and the Rangers feel he is worth or that they aren’t forced to trade him. If they did, the proposal of the Sharks second round pick for Georgiev would’ve never made it to print.
Will the Rangers Trade Georgiev?
The consensus before the NHL Pause was that the window to trade him passed at the deadline. With talks of amnesty buyouts that could be used on Henrik Lundqvist cooling down, there is a chance the right deal could present itself. I will tell you this, it won’t be for just a second round pick.
Let’s face it, if the Rangers opt to move him or even say he’s available there will be more than just the SJ Sharks chomping at the bit. Carolina will also be in on Georgiev, and if Toronto gets knocked out early, so will they.