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Rangers agree to terms with RFA Magnus Hellberg

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers have agreed to terms with Magnus Hellberg on a two year deal. Photo courtesy of John Russell/Getty Images.

Jeff Gorton, the General Manager of the New York Rangers, announced that the team has signed restricted free agent goaltender Magnus Hellberg, who was acquired in a trade from the Nashville Predators.

NBC Pro Hockey Talk’s Mike Halford reported that it was a two year deal.

Hellberg, 24, spent most of his time with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, the Predators’ AHL affiliate. He appeared in 38 games, finishing with a 15-10-6 record along with a 2.33 GAA and a .913 save percentage, as well as three shutouts.

Hellberg started out the AHL season brilliantly, picking up wins in his first six appearances. In those six games, he allowed two goals or less, allowing one goal or fewer in five of those games as well. He had a fanastic month of November, posting a 5-0-1 record with a 1.28 GAA and a .950 save percentage, with one shutout in seven appearances. Hellberg represented the Western Conference at the 2015 AHL All Star game.

Over three AHL seasons, Hellberg has appeared in 98 games, earning a 42-36-7 record, a 2.36 GAA, a .917 save percentage and 10 shutouts. He’s never posted a save percentage below .911, and has had a 2.33 GAA or better in two separate seasons. He’s appeared in one NHL game, entering the game in relief and playing for 12 minutes, allowing one goal.

At 6’6” and 200 pounds, Hellberg has one thing that you can’t teach; size. In today’s NHL, large goalies are become the new norm. Ben Bishop, Pekka Rinne, Mike Smith, Scott Darling and Robin Lehner are all tall goalies, and teams are leaning towards guys who take up more of the net, and can cover the top parts of the net with ease.

A former second round pick out of Sweden in 2011, Hellberg has shown promise, and will help the Rangers fill out the roster for the Hartford Wolf Pack. He’s in line to be the number three goalie on the depth chart, in front of Cedric Desjardins. Desjardins struggled after tearing his ACL, and didn’t look the same. Mackenzie Skapski is recovering from hip surgery that will keep him sidelined until November.

This was a great trade by Gorton, mainly because it only cost them a sixth round pick. If Benoit Allaire can mold Hellberg in his image, the Rangers could have another quality Swede in net for them, with size to boot.

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Posted on July 10, 2015, in Rangers Updates and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Raanta will be a UFA next year (commanding more money), and things’ll be tight again with the signings we’ll have to make (Hayes, Kreids, etc…). Hellberg will be our backup next year (nearly guaranteed, IMO). Hope the contract is around 600k to 750k AAV NHL salary.

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    • Yeah I’m assuming his NHL value would be around that, or even cheaper. Could be like Darling’s (550k). My guess is that he will be a starter with the Pack, and at the age of 25, if he performs well, he certainly could be the backup for the 2016-17 season. Skapski is only 20 so he needs development time.

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      • Ended up a little higher than I had hoped. It is what it is and is still not a lot of money. Two-Way, Two-Year contract @ $884,625 NHL and $73,500 AHL. Same dollar amount for each of the next two seasons.

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      • Thanks for the update on the terms. I think they’re not expecting him to be up here this season, except for emergency, so the AHL cap hit is good. $884k is solid for a backup if that’s the case next year. I’m interested to see what happens with the other RFAs

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      • Just a heads up, and I’m sure you already know this. General Fanager was incorrect on the salary they listed yesterday. It’s now been revised:

        2015-16 $600,000 NHL $90,000 AHL
        2016-17 $650,000 NHL $100,000 AHL

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      • I didn’t actually, I was out on the boat all day. Great deal for the Rangers. Could be an affordable backup option

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