Fantasy Take: Alexander Georgiev Goes To Colorado

Michael Clifford

2022-07-07

It was all but certain that New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev would be traded this offseason. Starter Igor Shesterkin has cemented himself as one of, if not the, top goalie in the world. The Rangers have just $10M in cap space with key free agents like Andrew Copp and Frank Vatrano left to sign, among some depth roles. That trade came to fruition on Draft Day:

 Two thirds and a fifth doesn't sound like a bad deal for a backup goalie. Let's break this down.

What Colorado Gets

This all but closes the door on Darcy Kuemper returning. The team will have both Georgiev and Pavel Françouz under contract for 2021-22 with Justus Annunen having just complete his first full season in the AHL. They just won the Stanley Cup, going 16-4 in 20 games, with Kuemper giving them .902 goaltending. Some free agents moving on might change the composition of the roster, but the team clearly feels as if they can still contend without elite goaltending.

A funny thing when going through Georgiev's stats: his overall save percentage has declined all five seasons he's been in the NHL, bottoming out at .893 across 28 starts (33 games) in 2021-22. But if we look at his entire body of work, all 117 starts and 129 appearances, by