The writing is and has been for awhile but Tuesday nights loss against Minnesota cemented Georgiev’s fate. It’s just not working with Georgiev anymore as a New York Ranger and the split needs to happen for both as soon as possible.
Georgiev has been solid for the Rangers whenever they’ve needed him to play long stretches. However, when he’s been asked to be the more traditional backup and have a spot start here and there he’s failed miserably.
Part of it isn’t his fault, there’s a certain mindset that you need to have as a backup goalie. When you have been a starter wherever you’ve been and now you’re asked to tasked to change that mindset it can be difficult.
What compounds Georgiev’s issues is that he is now stuck behind a goalie who can legitimately win the Hart Trophy. When you have someone like that in front of you, you need to maximize the opportunities that you get no matter how few they may be.
Georgiev just hasn’t done that and this year everything has come to a head.
With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, and Georgiev’s pending UFA status at the end of the year, it makes way too much sense for both to get a fresh start. Whether or not the Rangers get a 3rd round pick or later a deal must be done because Georgiev staying in New York isn’t in the best interest of anyone. Keith Kinkaid is a more than serviceable backup for the rest of the season and can help spell Shesterkin the rest of the year so he’s fresh for the playoffs.