They’re coming over.
The Rangers have reached agreements in principle with both Vitali Kravtsov and Igor Shestyorkin, The Post has confirmed, though neither Russian will be free to sign until the expiration of their KHL contracts that run through April 30.
Shestyorkin, the 23-year-old goaltender (24 in December), has a contract clause that would allow him to return to Russia if the Rangers were to assign him to the AHL Wolf Pack, The Post has learned. Management apparently is confident, however, that would not be the 2014 fourth-rounder’s intention if he needs time in the AHL to adapt to the North American game. The netminder’s entry-level contract will be for two years because of his age.
Shestyorkin, selected 118th overall, will presumably compete with Alex Georgiev to become Henrik Lundqvist’s understudy. Georgiev is waiver-exempt and is eligible to be sent to the Wolf Pack if the need were to arise.
Shestyorkin went 24-4 with a 1.11 goals against and a .953 save percentage in the regular season before going 4-5, 1.95 and .904 during the playoffs in which his SKA club lost in the conference final.
Kravtsov, selected ninth overall in the first round by the Rangers last year, will be on a three-year deal. The dynamic winger, who recorded 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 50 games for Traktor, is also expected to compete for a roster spot.
Shestyorkin and Kravtsov are both expected to attend the Rangers’ prospect camp that will commence June 24 at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Conn. The Blueshirts practice facility is undergoing renovations.
Published at Tue, 16 Apr 2019 02:01:14 +0000