Right now, the New York Rangers have a goalie controversy. Jonathan Quick has been the better of the New York Rangers netminders this season with a 11-4-2 record with two shutouts to go alongside his 2.35 goals-against average and his .918 save percentage. He's been an unreal goaltender for the Rangers to this point of the season, and he's gone back to his prime performances back when he was winning Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings.
The former Conn Smythe winner, two time Vezina Finalist and three time Stanley Cup Champion has made a case to be a starting goaltender. He's only played in 18 games so far this season despite getting the nod tonight ahead of the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he's putting up numbers that are just better than the starting goaltenders. Should he become the starting goaltender for the New York Rangers in this situation?
Well, to properly analyze this, we need to take a look at his competition that is Igor Shesterkin. Igor has not been the same mighty force he once was. With a 19-12-1 record, the Rangers have won in front of him, but a quick look at his 2.86 goals against average and his .899 save percentage show you where the issue is. He's yet to record a shutout, and the former Vezina trophy winner has struggled to get to his best.
So, when Stephen Valiquette says he believes Jonathan Quick should be the starting goaltender moving forward, should the Rangers be transitioning from Igor to Quick? Well, at his age, it's going to be risky to give the reigns to someone of his age. A 38 year old starting goaltender is extremely risky, and Igor will get better. Letting Igor work with Benoit Allaire to get back to his best is a smart way to handle this, and it's what they're doing. But game one of the playoffs, Igor is the one you should go to.