After signing with the New York Rangers as a free agent in July 2017, Ondrej Pavelec was ready to fill the role as the team’s backup goalie.
Pavelec, who started 362 games with the Winnipeg Jets and Atlanta Thrashers during his career, had to adjust to a new role in a new city.
He also had to recover from a rough 2016-17 campaign. He started only eight games with the Jets, recording a 3.55 goal-against average, and was sent down to play with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.
Despite the change of scenery and a difficult season, Pavelec was ready to make a difference in the Big Apple.
"It’s a new start," said Pavelec after he signed. "I am really happy that I have the opportunity to play for the Rangers."