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Sep
10

Some thoughts on goaltending

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As we head into training camp, the prevailing thought is that Alex Georgiev will backup Henrik Lundqvist in net. It’s an easy conclusion to draw, since he and Dustin Tokarski are really the only guys with NHL experience that will be at camp.

For most of the summer, I thought the Rangers would bring in a veteran backup for Lundqvist. It wasn’t necessarily about winning games, but it was ensuring Georgiev would have a buffer if his game disappeared. It also ensures Lundqvist gets a rest, something that, as he gets older, is going to be brought into the spotlight.

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The search for the backup goalie may be over. The Rangers have inked Dustin Tokarski to a one-year deal. Tokarski is famous in New York, as he’s the guy Martin St. Louis beat with his overtime winner in 2014.

Tokarski has spent a bunch of time in the AHL over the past few seasons (only 7 NHL starts since 2015-2016), so it’s still entirely possible that Alex Georgiev wins the backup role. That said, Tokarski is both insurance for the backup position, and also could be AHL depth.

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May
23

Thoughts following Game 3

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The Rangers dropped a disappointing OT game to the Montreal Canadiens last night, by a score of 3-2. The Rangers dominated possession and shots on goal, but came up just a little short. Dustin Tokarski played fantastic and the Habs got just enough lucky bounces to the cut the series deficit in half. In the aftermath, I thought I’d share some…well, thoughts.

  • As I mentioned (and Dave’s Fenwick chart shows), the Rangers dominated possession from start to finish. This is usually a recipe for winning a game, but Dustin Tokarski threw a wrench into that.
  • It’s Tokarski’s upside that was the basis for Michel Therrien to give him the nod over Budaj when Price went down. Tokarski flat out stole that game and is the only reason we aren’t breaking out the brooms on Sunday.

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