The Rangers 'three-gate puzzle can't go as bad as the islanders' catastrophe


These are two very different situations and it will be almost impossible for the Rangers to screw it up as badly as three years ago among the islanders.

But the blueshirts have three goalkeepers, just like their suburban rivals during much of the 2016-17 season before it went off. The Rangers have just called Igor Shesterkin, and Henrik Lundqvist's Russian heir will make his NHL debut in the Garden on Tuesday night against the avalanche. Lundqvist should backtrack while aspiring Alex Georgiev would be a scratch.

When the islanders had their three goal situation, none of the top three prospects were like Shesterkin or legends like Lundqvist. And yet it became a debacle.

"It's okay at first, but if there are still three after the time – and even if they're all good teammates, good friends who want to win – then it becomes a problem," said one person who knew exactly Islander situation during this time. "How long does it take? What are their attitudes, what are their practices like over time? That can be a problem."

In early 2016/17, the islanders had a network to be split between Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss, but general manager Garth Snow then asked Jean-François Berube to refrain from kings during the pre-season. If the islanders tried to send Berube to AHL Bridgeport, he would have to waive the waiver – and the kings would probably have asked him back.

So Berube stayed and the three goalkeepers fought to split the training time. Halak's agent, Allan Walsh, went to Twitter to share what everyone thought – that this agreement was unsustainable and bad for all three goalkeepers. Snow sent Halak to the minors shortly after Christmas and held him there for over three months before it became clear that the club needed him if they wanted to do a late playoff push.

At that point, trainer Jack Capuano had been fired and replaced by Doug Weight, the newcomer's boss. The club missed the playoffs by one point, while Snow and Weight only survived the following season before new owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky hired Lou Lamoriello to direct all hockey operations.

The situation with three goals was a big disadvantage for Snow, because he had to deal with the first and second rounds of Golden Knights, among other things, so that they decided on Berube in the 2017 expansion plan. Halak went and is awarded in Boston. Only Greiss is left.

The Rangers promoted Shesterkin because he dominated the AHL in his first season in North America and could have returned to the KHL at any time with a European assignment clause in his contract. General manager Jeff Gorton needs to know what he has in Shesterkin before the close on February 24, and Georgiev may become attractive to teams that need help with goals and are trying to make the playoffs.

Henrik Lundqvist Rangers Igor Shesterkin
Henrik LundqvistAnthony J. Causi

Lundqvist, who is slated to turn 38 on March 2, has one year to complete his contract with an annual salary of $ 8.5 million. The career-rich ranger with a no-move clause in his contract has decided to go through this remodeling, and that will likely not change.

The person who knew the islanders said the most important thing on this route is that coach David Quinn and his staff continue to communicate with the three goalkeepers. So far, Quinn said the team is focused on the present and "no longer needs to worry in three weeks or three months."

The islanders said the same thing. Although it was a completely different situation, it cannot take long. It would be difficult for the Rangers to screw it up as badly as their neighbors, but history shows that the longer it takes, the more difficult it gets.

"[In general]Having a man with an attitude can ruin a whole thing [locker] Room, ”said the islander. "They'll all accept it because they have to accept it. But the big problem is what happens over time."

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