New York Rangers: Is Henrik Lundqvist getting ‘Eli-ed’ by the Blueshirts?

Igor Shesterkin, Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Igor Shesterkin, Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Alexandar Georgiev, Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

An odd man out

For a while, it was rumored that Georgiev would be the odd man out. The Rangers wanted Shesterkin to take over as initially planned and have Hank mentor him for the remaining year on his contract.

But, Georgiev has proven to be a valuable asset for years to come and a “one-two punch” of Shesterkin and Georgiev could bring a generation of impeccably fortified goaltending. The front office listened to offers for Georgiev, but it seems as though the price was too high for any teams to meet, at least at this moment.

The Rangers have always gotten lucky with the cage. Not only with Lundqvist, but with some of the guys that backed him through the years that would eventually be traded to become No. 1’s elsewhere. Cam Talbot was the starter in Edmonton and Antti Raanta in Arizona. Given that Hank is nearing the end of his career, it may not be worth it this time around to deal someone else who is a long-term option for the Blueshirts.

Some fans think that this is a problem for the New York Rangers, that they’re stuck with three starting goalies. But this should be perceived as more of an advantage, the front office holds an incredibly valuable asset to utilize.

If it should be Lundqvist to go, the ball lies in his court. He has a no-trade clause in his contract, but it obviously can be waived if he should decide to skip town. Plenty of contending teams would welcome him and he has absolutely deserved the right to have his choice of where and when to move on.