New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Alexandar Georgiev.
Georgiev, 21, appeared in 27 games with TPS Turku of Liiga in Finland this past season, posting a 13-8-4 record, along with a 1.70 GAA, a .923 SV%, and two shutouts. He established Liiga career-bests in appearances, wins, GAA, and SV%, and tied his career-high in shutouts in 2016-17. Georgiev led Liiga in GAA, tied for fifth in the league in SV%, and tied for ninth in the league in wins during the past season. He allowed two goals or fewer in 22 of his 27 appearances in 2016-17. In addition, Georgiev appeared in one playoff game and in two games as part of the Champions Hockey League (CHL) with TPS Turku during the past season. Georgiev participated in the Rangers' annual prospect development camp this past June.
The 6-1, 180-pounder appeared in 51 career games in Liiga over parts of three seasons (2014-15 - 2016-17), all with TPS, posting an 18-19-6 record, along with a 1.93 GAA, a .912 SV%, and five shutouts. Georgiev posted a 2.28 GAA or better in each of his three seasons in Liiga. Georgiev helped TPS' junior team win its league championship in 2014-15, as he registered a 2.25 GAA and a .920 SV% in 25 regular season appearances, as well as a 2.60 GAA and a .909 SV% in 12 playoff appearances.
The Moscow, Russia, native has also represented his country in several tournaments. Georgiev helped Russia earn a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, as he posted a 3-1 record, along with a 2.52 GAA in five appearances during the tournament.