The New York Rangers made a roster move Thursday calling up Marek Mazanec and sending Alexandar Georgiev down to Hartford.
The New York Rangers announced a roster move Thursday morning recalling goaltender Marek Mazanec from the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack. In a corresponding move, New York announced they are sending Alexandar Georgiev to Hartford.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have recalled goaltender Marek Mazanec from @WolfPackAHL.
In addition, the Blueshirts have assigned goaltender Alexandar Georgiev to Hartford. pic.twitter.com/i0IcXy4hL4
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 18, 2018
The goaltending move was done in order to get Georgiev some game action as he has only appeared in one out of the seven games the Blueshirts have played this season.
In that lone game, Georgiev took an 8-5 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes back on Oct. 7. The rookie goaltender had some difficulties in the contest especially on a long goal against him in the closing seconds of the second period. The goal allowed Carolina to tie the game at four instead of the Rangers taking a 4-3 lead into the second intermission.
The Rangers made the move after Henrik Lundqvist played in both ends of back to back games against Colorado on Tuesday and in Washington Wednesday night. Georgiev has served as Lundqvist’s backup since opening night but, needs to get some playing time.
This is a scenario that has been discussed since the preseason and with Henrik’s great play up to this point, Gerogiev needs to keep in game shape.
The Hartford Wolf Pack play two games this weekend, Friday night against the Belleville Senators in Belleville, ON and Saturday night in Toronto against the Marlies.
Marek Mazanec has appeared in four games for the Wolf Pack, recording a 2-2 record. He has allowed 14 goals against while posting 3.55 goals against average with 0.859 save percentage. He is the backup goalie for Dustin Tokarski, who was signed by the Blueshirts in the offseason.
The Rangers next game will be against Calgary at Madison Square Garden Sunday Night.