The New York Rangers signed free agent goalie Tyler Wall to a two-year contract worth $1.85 million, or $925,000 per season. This contract carries him through the 2021-22 season.
OFFICIAL: Rangers have signed goaltender Tyler Wall to an entry-level contract.
Details to follow.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 8, 2020
Tyler Wall Signs With the Rangers
Wall played four years for the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks in the NCAA. He went 58-34-10 over his career with the Hockey East power. The Rangers picked Wall in the sixth round, 174th overall of the 2016 NHL Draft.
Last season he went 18-8-6 with a .931 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against-average. Wall also posted two shutouts and made a total of 924 saves in the season for UMass-Lowell.
He was named to the Hockey East third team behind Maine’s Jeremy Swayman (first team) and Boston College’s Spencer Knight (second team). The Rangers were set to lose Wall’s exclusive negotiating rights in Aug. However, the Blueshirts managed to convinced him to join before the three-year window closed.
What This Means for the Future
Wall joins a crowded Rangers crease with Henrik Lundqvist, Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev. There’s been wild speculation on which goalie will be the odd man out. The Rangers also have Slovakian goalie Adam Huska in the system as well. Veteran Jean-Francois Berube was also on the roster of the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack
New York will likely place Wall with Hartford or with the Maine Mariners of the ECHL. The Leamington, Onatrio native will likely be in the mix to win the starting job in Hartford.
Wall stopped plenty of shots on a RiverHawks team that gave up a lot of chances. He tied for 17th in goals-against-average in the country. Wall was tied for ninth in save percentage with his .931. The 22-year-old fared well in one of the more competitive conferences in all Division I men’s hockey.
He’s was solid in his junior and senior seasons after struggling in his sophomore campaign.