Full details emerge on what Igor Shesterkin's next contract will look like

June 10, 2024  (3:35 PM)

Igor Shesterkin
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Igor Shesterkin was consoled by Vinnie Troecheck, as the Florida Panthers ended the New York Ranger's playoff hopes in 6 Games.

You could see how upset Shesterkin was as the camera caught the interaction as multiple teammates offered the goalie their support.

He kept up his game to the best of his abilities and wasn't able to take the team to the Stanley Cup Finals despite his hard work.
"It was a pretty empty feeling," Trocheck recalled last week as the Rangers met to clean out their lockers and conduct exit interviews. "We're playing this late in the season, to come up short, it sucks. It's not fun. But Shesty, he was our best player by a significant margin in the playoffs. If there was one guy that I thought needed to hear that right after the loss to kind of keep his spirits up... I just told him he was our best player and he deserved better."

The Rangers will of course have to build a better team in front of the goalie, but assuredly they have their guy in between the pipes. The 28-year-old posted an impressive .927 save percentage in 16 games played for the Rangers during the playoffs. The Rangers were outshot in 13 of 16 games, and Shesterkin held fast, while posting an impressive 15.62 GSAA according to Evolving Hockey.
"We're not even in this position without him," captain Jacob Trouba said. "I don't think anybody in this room thinks otherwise."

Troecheck rightly called Shesterkin the "best goaltender in the world" which could've gone to Vezina Trophy winner, Connor Hellebuyck this season. But when it came to the post-season, Shesterkin proved to be the better goalie.
While Shesterkin can be hard on himself during his times of struggle, his game has remained consistent in the playoffs the last three seasons. In 44 games, Shesterkin has held a .928 save percentage but his own high standards drive his excellence.
"I just know I could make another save," Shesterkin said. "I really enjoyed this playoff, but I still think I can play better. Sometimes I give up easy goals, so I will work on myself and I will get stronger for next season."

With a year left on his $22.67 Million contract, Drury signed the goalie in 2021 he doesn't have to rush negotiations, but for the 2022 Vezina Trophy winner it could serve to be a risk not worth it if it's tabled until next year.
The Rangers cannot afford to lose Shesterkin and test the market, considering how important of a goalie he is, a bidding war simply isn't ideal.
Paying the 2014 draft pick might drive the cost down now, but there's speculation his next contract could set the market for NHL goalies.
The expectation is that Shesterkin's next contract will surpass Carey Price's old 8-year, $80 Million contract, with an AAV of $10.5 Million. Where, of course, Shesterkin's floor could sit at $12 Million.
The Rangers and the Russian goalie could end up meeting somewhere in the middle, with the team hoping Shesterkin could take a team-friendly option and settle somewhere between $10.5 Million and $12 Million.
Source: Lohud
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Full details emerge on what Igor Shesterkin's next contract will look like

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