BREAKING NEWS: New York Rangers’ Shesterkin, Buchnevich Injured in Car Accident

Jim Bay
New York Rangers, Igor Shesterkin
Feb 21, 2020; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) gets ready for the start of the period outside the locker room against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

During his latest press conference on the signing of Chris Kreider, New York Rangers president John Davidson announced that Igor Sheserkin and Pavel Buchnevich had been injured in a car accident. Shesterkin sustained a “small upper-body rib fracture, not displaced” in the accident on Sunday and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.  “The estimate right now is that he will be reassessed regarding his injury in a couple of weeks,” Davidson said.

“In our business, you’re certainly dealt curveballs all the time. That’s a tough curveball we have to deal with.” Buchnevich was a passenger, and was quite shaken up according to Davidson and is day-to-day.

Davidson said the accident was in Brooklyn, and the driver in front of them made a U-turn that led to the collision. Both players were wearing seatbelts, and the airbags were deployed. The players were taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital and seen by Ranger doctors.

The New York Rangers were fortunate to keep three goaltenders

With Shesterkin out for a few weeks, the Rangers gamble of keeping three goalies paid off. Alexandar Georgiev and Henrik Lundqvist will step in to take on the goaltending load. Georgiev has a 14-12-1 record this season with a 2.98 GAA. Lundqvist, who has not seen a lot of action recently, has a 10-13-3 record with a 3.12 GAA. The Rangers will miss Shesterkin’s outstanding play are still in good hands with Georgiev and the veteran Lundqvist.

Georgiev staying will slightly alter New York Ranger trade plans

As Georgiev will probably not be traded by the 3 PM deadline, this puts the spotlight on other players. TSN Insiders have indicated that Jesper Fast will likely be traded before the deadline. Fast was a sixth-round pick by the Rangers in 2010 and made his debut in 2013-14. He has played 413 regular-season games for the Rangers, notching 54 goals and 145 points, while adding 39 playoff games. He scored two goals in Saturday night’s 3-2 win over the visiting Sharks, including the game-winner. Even though his recent play has been excellent, his cap hit going forward, and the increased trade value of late makes his a viable option to be traded.