Athletistic/Hockey. Panthers head coach Paul Maurice had nothing but positive things to say about the Rangers’ Russian goaltender Igor Shesterkin after his team won Game 6 of the NHL Finals. East.

Maurice called Shesterkin’s performance the best in the last 20 years. “I haven’t seen a goalie play like this in the playoffs since 2002, when José Théodore played for Montreal.” He won the Hart Trophy then,” he said. And then he added: “Igor performed brilliantly in this episode. »

The Blueshirts’ No. 31 pick was undoubtedly his team’s best player in the 2024 playoffs. Overall, in the current playoffs, he has made 92.6% of the saves, especially in the Finals of the Eastern Conference – 93.0%.

However, the Rangers players have not performed very well on defense: in 13 of the 16 Stanley Cup games, they have allowed an average of 33 shots on goal per game.

“He had a really good series. I think Igor was great,” said New York club coach Peter Laviolette. “He had to make a lot of very important saves to keep us in the game and give us a chance to continue our push against the goal of the Panthers Six played perfectly throughout the series, he helped the team brilliantly.

The 2022 Vezina Trophy winner’s contract expires at the end of the next campaign. It’s possible the Rangers front office wants to extend the deal with the Russian this summer.

Previously, interesting information appeared in the American press. The New York Post wrote that New York Rangers’ Russian goaltender Igor Shesterkin could become the highest-paid goaltender in the NHL. The Russian hockey player’s current four-year deal with the Rangers, with a salary of 5.66 million per year, expires at the end of next season. According to the source, Russian representatives could ask for a salary of $12 million per year. Such a contract will make Shesterkin the highest-paid hockey player in his role in the league.

Currently, the highest paid goaltender in the NHL is Montreal’s Carey Price ($10.5 million per year). He is followed on this list by Russian Sergei Bobrovsky of Florida (10 million), Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevsky earns an average of 9.5 million per year.

During the completed NHL regular season, Shesterkin played in 55 games, reflecting 91.3% of shots. In the playoffs, Shesterkin played in 16 games and saved 92.7% of shots. The Rangers ended their Stanley Cup run in the semi-finals, losing the series to Florida (2-4).

Andrey Andreev, Sport.Ru