Henrik Lundqvist's Rangers' prophecy is about to be fulfilled


Regarding the Rangers, who have to deal with the Sabers at the Garden that are consistently outstanding from the playoffs on Friday:

1. Henrik Lundqvist wrote in an email on May 6 after the goalkeeper at the World Cup had noticed that he might not end his career as a ranger:

"My thinking hasn't changed. The organization and I are on the same page. What I mean by this is that a player is never bigger or more important than an organization. My dream and my goal is still to get the trophy in To win New York before I retire and at the same time, as a player, I will understand what position we are in and what process we are in. "

The process reached the point where Igor Shesterkin, 4-1 after another outstanding performance in Wednesday's 5-3 win against Maple Leafs, emerged as the clear number 1. The process has reached the point where management is tired of acting Alex Georgiev.

The process has reached the point David Quinn admitted before Wednesday's game: "It is difficult to keep three guys sharp."

I think the process has gotten to the point where the team will no longer try to do it, or not at all.

I don't know exactly how this will go for the rest of the season for Lundqvist, who has been calm and perhaps a little wistful since Shesterkin's arrival on January 7th. It is hard to imagine that he practices every day and then saves every game. (Although I suspect Alex Auld did this during his two months as Lundqvists backup in 2009-10).

However, I expect the team's two 24-year-old goalkeepers (Georgiev celebrates his birthday on Sunday) to take turns while the Rangers sneak in to give the final kick-off to the playoff conversation.

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Henrik Lundqvist runs away with Alexandar Georgiev.Charles Wenzelberg New York Post

And regardless of whether Lundqvist is being treated as of the reporting date and I doubt that this will happen, I cannot imagine that he will return next season. Buying in June of the last year of his contract would mean a clear, neat break that would allow both the team and the king to head independently into the future. A buyout would save $ 3 million at the ceiling next year and add $ 1.5 million in dead space for the 2021-22 ledger.

"I don't know if I will spend my entire career with the Rangers," Lundqvist told the Swedish newspaper Expressen, before May 6 email. "I know what I want, but if the club has other ideas, I have to listen.

"You can't just do your own thing."

Second Do you remember how the Rangers were required to move Derek Stepan, then 27, before his non-trading clause came into effect on July 1, 2017? Stepan had completed two seasons of his six-year, $ 39 million deal when he was traded for the seventh overall selection on Draft Day and Tony DeAngelo to the Coyotes.

Well, Jacob Trouba's no-move clause comes into effect on July 1, and management would be stupid not to listen if there were previously investigations into the 25-year-old defender (26 in three weeks).

The fact is, if he isn't already, Adam Fox will be the # 1 Rangers defender. He will complete his $ 925,000 entry level business by 2021-22. Trouba earns $ 8M each.

And depending on Nils Lundkvist's career, the blueshirts could be on the right over the next five years with Fox, Tony DeAngelo – whose typically brilliant pass Filip Chytil prepared for a long-range shot against Toronto – and the Swede who will be 20 years old on July 27?

Probably not.

So the Rangers need more from Trouba, who was unpredictable and unpredictable in his first year in New York.

Third Brendan Smith earned his ice age fourth and was a pretty effective penalty in the first four months of the season.

But now that Ryan Lindgren has ousted Smith in the PK, there's little reason to keep going in 42nd place.

Instead, as on Wednesday, it's time to take a closer look at 26-year-old winger Phillip DiGiuseppe, who brings speed and a physical element to the mix.

By the way, Lindgren is a guy you could face in the 70s if you attack Clark Gillies at the top. Good, to attempt Take over Clark Gillies.

4th The number of clubs is limited to four recalls after the deadline. Players must be in the AHL squad on February 24 to participate in the playoffs.

So if the Rangers theoretically assigned Fox, Lindgren, Kaapo Kakko and Shesterkin to the wolf pack and then reminded them of paper transactions on February 24, they could not support Vitali Kravtsov, for example. Or someone else.

Therefore, the team's ability to create a pro playoff experience for the children is limited.

5th The Sabers as a precaution: on the way to a ninth season in a row from the playoffs, in which the organization had a choice with the first overall impression (Rasmus Dahlin in 2018) and two with the second overall impression (Jack Eichel in 2015) Sam Reinhart in 2014), a seventh (Dylan Cozzens last year) and three eighth (Casey Mittelstadt in 2017, Alex Nylander in 2016 and Rasmus Ristolainen in 2013).