Dreger: "Ongoing Discussions" with G Ondrej Pavelec

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Phil Kocher

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Phil Kocher
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With less than 24 hours to go before the bell tolls signaling the opening of the Unrestricted Free Agent market, it appears the Rangers have set their sights on soon-to-be ex-Winnipeg Jets’ goaltender, Ondrej Pavelec.

Having traded Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes as part of the Derek Stepan trade prior to the NHL Entry Draft, the Rangers created a hole at their backup goaltending position with no clear-cut internal solution to backfill the void with. Magnus Hellberg might have been that player, but opted to apply his trade in the KHL instead. Larry Brooks of the New York Post also reported that the Rangers had had discussions with Buffalo Sabres backup Anders Nilsson during this window in which teams can speak to players but aren’t permitted to discuss term, but according to Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest, he’s likely to sign with the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow.

The market on backup goaltenders wasn’t very big or bright to begin with, but it’s shrunk considerably in the last 48 hours with multiple players either re-signing with their clubs or reportedly striking deals with teams to officially be signed tomorrow.

After being sent to the AHL for much of the 2016-17 season, Pavelec, 29, was recalled late in the season and only played in eight games for the Jets last year in which he posted a middling .888 SV% and horrific 3.55 GA/A. Suffice it to say, if the Rangers are eyeing him as the next backup goaltender to Henrik Lundqvist, it’s going to take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears from goalie coach Benoit Allaire to rehab his career back to respectability. The good news for the Blueshirts is, given his career dip, Pavelec should come in at a very reasonable price point and might be one of the cheapest backup goaltenders available.

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  1. This is a true "show me" contract. It gives Pavelec a fresh start, no commitment, and the motivation to get back in the conversation as a possible #1 guy if he can perform well as our backup.
    Ranger Lothbrok
    I have to disagree with everybody here. It wasn't too long ago that this guy was actually a somewhat viable starter for WPG. In the 2014-15 season, in 50 games played he was 22-16-8 with a 0.920 SV% and a 2.28 GAA. This is on a team that was flat-out not good with a shit D.
    Injuries have sort of waylaid his consistency, but he's capable of some seriously athletic saves. This will actually be an interesting study/forecast of what Allaire will be able to do with Shestyorkin IMO. Henrik was already incredibly well-polished when Allaire inherited him.
    Igor has all the talent in the world but his technical soundness needs work (i.e., positioning, angles, movement economy, etc.). In that sense, I've heard his style be compared to Hasek, but only in terms of the athleticism/raw ability. I'm not saying we have a Vezina Trophy winner on our hands.
    The point is we have the best goalie coach in the league, bar none. There is one reason every single one of Weekes, Valiquette, Biron, Talbot and Raanta have all been viable backups: Benoit Allaire. I NEVER feel like our team is out of it when any of our backups are in ever since he came on board.
    Let's not pretend that Talbot and Raanta are these transcendent natural talents that we just so happened to catch lightning in a bottle with. Talbot went undrafted. Antti Raanta cost us Ryan Haggerty. They both paid huge trade dividends a few years later, after Benny was through with them.
    Pavelec has tremendous natural talent. To even get as far as he did with the Jets was no small feat. And by all accounts, this is the guy we've had in mind since trading Raanta. Extrapolating that train of thought: this team felt comfortable trading a guy who could be a starter on this team because they knew Pavelec was out there. I trust Gorton and Allaire implicitly when it comes to future forecasting. They would not have traded Raanta if they didn't think they could get Pavelec and make something out of him. Allaire knows goalies.
    I'll stick my neck out here and go on the record with this statement: I believe that by halfway through the season, fans will be calling for Pavelec to start over Henrik like they did last year with Raanta.

    Great post with excellent points about his strong year in 2015. He is Allaire's oldest reclamation project, but I trust his judgement and coaching more than anyone.
    Not that Pavelec wasn't their guy, but I also think salary factored into the equation. Gorton wants to keep the price down (just like Talbot and Raanta) due to Henrik's 8.25. Nilsson may have been the top target, but he wanted a lot more than Pavelec. I believe he signed a multi-year yesterday, for 2.5 per. Twice the cost. Pavelec's salary was more in line with the Ranger's target number.
    I have to disagree with everybody here. It wasn't too long ago that this guy was actually a somewhat viable starter for WPG. In the 2014-15 season, in 50 games played he was 22-16-8 with a 0.920 SV% and a 2.28 GAA. This is on a team that was flat-out not good with a shit D.
    Injuries have sort of waylaid his consistency, but he's capable of some seriously athletic saves. This will actually be an interesting study/forecast of what Allaire will be able to do with Shestyorkin IMO. Henrik was already incredibly well-polished when Allaire inherited him.
    Igor has all the talent in the world but his technical soundness needs work (i.e., positioning, angles, movement economy, etc.). In that sense, I've heard his style be compared to Hasek, but only in terms of the athleticism/raw ability. I'm not saying we have a Vezina Trophy winner on our hands.
    The point is we have the best goalie coach in the league, bar none. There is one reason every single one of Weekes, Valiquette, Biron, Talbot and Raanta have all been viable backups: Benoit Allaire. I NEVER feel like our team is out of it when any of our backups are in ever since he came on board.
    Let's not pretend that Talbot and Raanta are these transcendent natural talents that we just so happened to catch lightning in a bottle with. Talbot went undrafted. Antti Raanta cost us Ryan Haggerty. They both paid huge trade dividends a few years later, after Benny was through with them.
    Pavelec has tremendous natural talent. To even get as far as he did with the Jets was no small feat. And by all accounts, this is the guy we've had in mind since trading Raanta. Extrapolating that train of thought: this team felt comfortable trading a guy who could be a starter on this team because they knew Pavelec was out there. I trust Gorton and Allaire implicitly when it comes to future forecasting. They would not have traded Raanta if they didn't think they could get Pavelec and make something out of him. Allaire knows goalies.
    I'll stick my neck out here and go on the record with this statement: I believe that by halfway through the season, fans will be calling for Pavelec to start over Henrik like they did last year with Raanta.
    If he's going to be Hank's backup, I don't expect a Talbot return when Allaire's through with Pavelec.
    I don't think there's much available in the backup G market right now, but this seems like a gamble.
    I can see that. Hellberg and Skapski gone. Halverson didn't grab the Hartford starter spot last year. If you can get 2 veteran backups on cheap deals, one win win the NHL backup role and the other will push Halverson in Hartford.