Should the New York Rangers be looking for a new goalie with Igor Shesterkin's troubles?

Jan 23, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) stops the
Jan 23, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) stops the / Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Let's cut to the chase. Igor Shesterkin has not been good this season. According to Natural Stat Trick, Igor has an expected goal against 62.92, so let's call it 63 since you can't have .92 of a goal. Igor's given up 67, so that suggests he's stopping less than a league average goalie should from the analytical standpoint. But take a look at his base stats to see that the Russian has not lived up the the lofty expectations he has set for himself.

Holding just a .899 save percentage and a 2.86 goals-against average, the Russian is struggling this year. Something's off with the beloved shot-stopper, and the struggles he is having are just amplified by the relative success Jonathan Quick is having with this roster. It kind of shows the problems the netminder is struggling with in this nightmare season. These issues go against everything we have come to expect. This isn't our Igor.

Without the Russian shot stopper at his best, some fans on Twitter have been pretty vocal about adding a new netminder to the current roster to try and help the Blueshirts. There's no denying a goalie with an .899 save percentage is not good enough for a team that wants to win the Stanley Cup regardless of how beloved he is by a fanbase and city like Igor is. I understand the calls for a new netminder, but does it make sense?

Well, we've already touched on the Rangers backup netminder who is three-time Stanley Cup Champion and Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick. He's now 38 and 10 years older than his starting counterpart. His body has started to suffer recently due to all the years he has spent kicking away vulcanized rubber being shot at him by strong NHL players for the last 2 decades.

So, do the Rangers need help in net? There's an argument for it. One of the problems is that he roster has multiple other issues that need addressing and the goaltending situation may just have to stay as it is to fix it. Ideally, though, I do think the Rangers would be a team that would like help in that area in the short term. Perhaps that will change after the all-star break when Shesterkin gets back from Toronto.