Islanders Killer could be traded to Toronto Maple Leafs (Rumor)
The Toronto Maple Leafs are dying for a good backup and it seems they’ve set their sights on a New York Rangers goalie who’s had the New York Islanders number; Alexandar Georgiev.
New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev has played the New York Islanders on five occasions in his short NHL career. In those five games, he’s 4-1-0 with an average 0.955 SV% and 1.40GAA. He’s been incredible.
But with club legend Henrik Lundqvist under contract for another year and with impressive youngster Igor Shesterkin taking his first steps in the NHL, Georgiev has become surplus to requirements.
And Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas has been calling Rangers GM Jeff Gorton to acquire the Bulgarian netminder.
According to Darren Dreger, the Leafs have been talking to the Rangers about a deal for the Rangers third-string goalie.
Great, but this is an Islanders blog. So what does that mean for the Islanders?
If the trade take place, the Islanders will see much less of Georgiev. Again, in his five career games against the Isles, he’s been a Vezina caliber goalie with a save-percentage North of 0.950 and averaging less than 1.50 goals against per game.
As divisional rivals, the Islanders see the Rangers at least four times in a season. Moving to the Maple Leafs, a conference rival, would see that number go down by at least one.
Ideally, Georgiev goes to the Western Conference where the Islanders see him at most twice a year. It would also be ideal if Georgiev doesn’t go to another hated rival in the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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We know Georgiev is likely to go at the trade deadline, and there’s no reason to believe he’ll stay in the division which is a win for the Isles.