Rangers May Not Need To Add Goaltender At Trade Deadline

One of the needs the New York Rangers were leaning towards addressing was their backup goalie situation. With Igor Shesterkin not having an all-world season like he did in 2021-22, the Rangers couldn't lean so heavily on him this season. Not only that, but every team needs a competent backup goalie.

This is not what the Rangers got for the first part of the season. Jaroslav Halak, who the Rangers signed in the offseason, started the season with a 1-6-1 record, an .888 save percentage, and a 3.04 goals against average. He has done a complete 180 and provided the Rangers with what they had hoped from him. Halak has now won five starts in a row, has a .938 SV%, and a 1.80 GAA since his poor start.

As the Rangers are planning on adding a left-shot defenceman and a top-six forward, there's only a certain amount of cap space they have available to them. Concerning themselves with also adding a goaltender would complicate things further. It would have also likely cost them a draft pick to move Halak with the stats he had to begin the season. They are in a good place now with the veteran goalie providing strong starts when he's called upon.

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