Reports on Thursday are that the New York Rangers have signed goaltender Alex Georgiev to a two-year, $2,425,000 million deal. In the first year (2020-21), he’ll be paid $2,200,000. In the second, $2,650,000. The netminder had filed for arbitration and was scheduled to go before an arbitrator on Oct 31.
Once the Rangers removed veteran netminder Henrik Lundqvist from the equation by buying him out of his contract, that left the organization with their two future goalies. It was just a matter of getting Georgiev signed since Igor Shesterkin still had one season remaining on his contract.
The team announced they have agreed to terms on a new contract and will let the two battle it out for the starting role. Georgiev, 24, appeared in 34 games with the Rangers this past season, posting a 17-14-2 record, along with a 3.04 GAA, a .910 SV%, and 2 SO.
He struggle late in the season as part of a three-man goalie crew and will likely enter next season as option 1B to Igor’s 1A. He’s an excellent netminder on the penalty kill and stole a fair number of games for the Rangers this past season.
What Else Will Rangers Do?
After signing Georgiev the Rangers now show $15,679,367 in projected cap space for this coming season. They have a roster of 20 players (12F-6D-2G) and their RFAs that still need to be signed include: Ryan Stome, Brendan Lemieux, Gabriel Fontainem Tony Deangelo, and Darren Raddysh.
They’ve already linked their top-overall selection in Alexis Lafreniere to an entry-level contract.
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