Outside of the defensive and forward holes on the roster Jeff Gorton is going to deal with July 1st, he has to find a backup goaltender.
With backups getting snapped up left and right, the Rangers have turned towards Ondrej Pavelec to potentially take Antti Raanta’s spot as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup.
New York Rangers likely to fill goaltending void. Ongoing discussions between the Rangers and Ondrej Pavelec.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 30, 2017
Pavelec doesn’t have the best of numbers coming from Winnipeg (3.55 GAA with an 88.8 SV% last year in the NHL, and a 2.78 GAA and 91.7 SV% in the AHL). Two things to note here:
1) Winnipeg’s defense rivaled the Rangers’ in terms of being a total dumpster fire, and to prove this his 5v5 numbers don’t look awful.
2) This is a backup goalie position with, you’d assume, a backup goalie salary. He’s playing well? Give him 20-25 games. He’s playing bad? Give him 15 or so game.
Nothing to get worked up about.