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    Has Lundqvist Played His Final Game as a Ranger?

    The Rangers didn’t necessarily lose because of Lundqvist, though his failure to stop Svechnikov’s short-sider from the left for the ’Canes 1-0 goal just 4:32 into the match was unsettling. But he didn’t win it for his team either, allowing another wonky one to Svechnikov just 1:11 into the second after Panarin had tied it at 12:05 of the first.

    And unless something unforeseen develops — and that is the norm for 2020, is it not? — the King’s 129th consecutive postseason start probably will mark his last start, if not appearance, in the uniform of the team he had once carried for more than a decade.

    If Shesterkin is healthy enough Tuesday, he will be in. If not, the Rangers would likely turn to Alex Georgiev to keep them afloat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil in Absentia View Post
    I don't really see the point of that.

    This team simply isn't ready for prime time and changing the goalie is lipstick on a pig.

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    Final game? Who knows. Final game this year? Better be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorganBarron View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjRcL-5D9N4

    Quinn thought that "Hank was solid"!?! Yikes, does he understand that the goaltending has to be great in the playoffs, not just solid?
    As I said in another thread, if you're depending on your rookie goalie to pitch shutouts in the playoffs so that your team can win, they don't deserve to be in the playoffs.

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    We were playing great at the end of the season, not sure where this notion comes from. They were a mess defensively. In the last 7 games, they gave up 5 goals 3 times and 6 goals once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vodka Drunkenski View Post
    We were playing great at the end of the season, not sure where this notion comes from. They were a mess defensively. In the last 7 games, they gave up 5 goals 3 times and 6 goals once.
    Revisionist history. It was a long time ago. Alternative facts. Fake news

    any or all of the above.

    In reality does it really even matter how they were playing back then? It was so long ago I don't think it does. Literally how many months ago was it now? What's more concerning to me anyway is that so many other teams have been able to crank it back up and not look as bad in every facet of the game across their entire lineups. Worst part is who knows when next season will even start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorganBarron View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjRcL-5D9N4

    Quinn thought that "Hank was solid"!?! Yikes, does he understand that the goaltending has to be great in the playoffs, not just solid?
    He's not going to through the face of the franchise for the last 15 years under the bus during a season when he stapled him to the bench... He knows they needed some saves. He knows the quick goals deflated the team.

    And everyone knows Igor is the starter. Gotta have tact if you don't want to alienate your team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThirtyONE View Post
    He's not going to through the face of the franchise for the last 15 years under the bus during a season when he stapled him to the bench... He knows they needed some saves. He knows the quick goals deflated the team.

    And everyone knows Igor is the starter. Gotta have tact if you don't want to alienate your team.
    ^This! Quinn cannot kick Henrik in the balls here. That would be bad. We’re just not ‘there’ yet. More off-season work to do.

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    Best of both worlds, buyout Lundqvist, trade Georgiev and then sign a cheap veteran backup. Get the assets from the trade plus save about $2 mil in cap. The keys to the kingdom belong to Shesty, Georgie is nothing special, but still has some trade value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorganBarron View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjRcL-5D9N4

    Quinn thought that "Hank was solid"!?! Yikes, does he understand that the goaltending has to be great in the playoffs, not just solid?
    These losses were not on the goaltenders. They kept the team in every game. You can't win when you can't score.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoMinutesForNothing View Post
    Best of both worlds, buyout Lundqvist, trade Georgiev and then sign a cheap veteran backup. Get the assets from the trade plus save about $2 mil in cap. The keys to the kingdom belong to Shesty, Georgie is nothing special, but still has some trade value.

    There is no need to buy him out and carry the cap hit passed next season. Buying him out doesn't make this team any better than they are now, his salary isn't holding them back from doing anything that the team needs.

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    https://twitter.com/natalinabreaNYR/...53465951010816

    “He deserved better from us” - Chris Kreider summarizing Henrik Lundqvist’s entire career as a New York Ranger.

    key word 'deserveD

    makes me think Kreider knows something we dont
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlairBettsBlocksEverything View Post
    https://twitter.com/natalinabreaNYR/...53465951010816

    “He deserved better from us” - Chris Kreider summarizing Henrik Lundqvist’s entire career as a New York Ranger.

    key word 'deserveD

    makes me think Kreider knows something we dont
    I mean, it's not like he can say "He deserves better for our next game"
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorganBarron View Post
    So did they announce why Shesterkin was unfit to play the first 2 games?
    not allowed per NHL rules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G1000 View Post
    I mean, it's not like he can say "He deserves better for our next game"
    but in the context of summarizing his NYR career, which if we are trusting that tweet, seems to have been the context....using deserved instead of deserves might be telling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorganBarron View Post
    But their season is over... And it obviously was not COVID.
    Im not sure I buy that he was unfit. They wanted to let Hank give it one more go. which I understand. lets not do the guy dirty like that. Maybe he's agreeing to retire if we give him one more shot at playoff starts? who knows, im just spitballing
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlairBettsBlocksEverything View Post
    Im not sure I buy that he was unfit. They wanted to let Hank give it one more go. which I understand. lets not do the guy dirty like that. Maybe he's agreeing to retire if we give him one more shot at playoff starts? who knows, im just spitballing
    No. Just no.

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    Henrik Lundqvist’s Long Rangers Goodbye is Coming to an End

    But I have no idea whether Lundqvist has the temperament to serve as anyone’s backup over the course of a full season, let alone here. I don’t know whether he thinks he can be an effective No. 1 for a Stanley Cup contender if given the opportunity. Probably, he does. But the corollary issue here is that I don’t see a legit Cup contender who needs Lundqvist.

    Oh, have I mentioned the contract that carries an $8.5 million cap hit next season? I have now.

    The Rangers wrung every possible ounce of blood, sweat and tears out of the seven-year, $59.5 million contract Lundqvist signed in late November of his 2014-15 walk year. Lundqvist was the name above the title on the Broadway marquee for years. This was a mutually beneficial agreement. But now, it represents a complication.

    Eliminating the possibility of a trade in which the Rangers retain 50-percent of the cap hit ($4.25 million) because I cannot imagine a team is going to trade for Lundqvist at even that discount price, there are only two options here and the franchise is control of only one of them. That is via a buyout.

    The first buyout period that normally takes place in June is scheduled to begin on either Sept. 25 or the first day of the Cup final, whichever is later. It is scheduled to close on Oct. 8 or six days after the final ends, whichever is later. Under this scenario, franchise hierarchy has another seven weeks to allow this to marinate, not that there is any reason to drag this out.

    If the Rangers buy out Lundqvist, they would save $3 million on the cap. But they would add another $5 million of dead space, increasing their total to an astonishing $12.994 million. In effect, the team will be working with a $68.506 million cap. A buyout would also add $1.5 million of dead space for the following year. And yes, much of the savings would go toward Georgiev, who is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights. But a buyout would not be about cap management as much as personnel management.
    If Lundqvist does play in the NHL next season, it’s certainly a possibility his family would remain in Sweden. Is that what he’d want at age 38?

    Or would Lundqvist want to finish his pro career where it started, in Frolunda, playing for the team that is captained by his brother, Joel? I don’t know, but if that is his desire, he would presumably announce his retirement from the NHL within a matter of weeks and join his hometown team. The Rangers would thus clear $8.5 million of space and Lundqvist would forfeit the $5.5 million in pay he is owed.
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    I’m sorry, I really see very little chance he’s on this team next year and honestly, I think it’s for the best just to get a total clean slate.

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    As much as it sucks, I'd rather keep all 3 turd contracts and just let them go away when they expire.. The dead money is sub-optimal

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