10/13 | Jeff Gorton spoke on Monday and said, “We talked with Jesper and his agent a number of times, went through the process of what was the right thing for the Rangers and he was doing his thing, out there talking to teams. At the end of the day, I think, he made a decision that was in his best interest and felt that term was a big issue for us going forward with all the young players we have in the organization and will have to take care of eventually financially. It’s a tough decision because Jesper has been a really good Ranger, popular with his teammates coaching staffs, management and fans. It’s always a difficult decision when someone like that is leaving the organization and the mark he left on it. We wish him nothing but the best but at this time, going forward with what we need to do, it’s the way it worked out.” (MSG)
10/10 | 4:57PM: Fast will get $1 million in the first-year of his deal, $2 million in the second and $3 million in the third. (LeBrun)
4:51PM: Jesper Fast has signed a three-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes with a cap hit of $2 million per season.
He is coming off a three-year deal with a cap hit of $1.85 million.
Fast has played 422 regular season and 40 playoff games for the Rangers and has won the team’s Players’ Player Award the past FIVE seasons.
The Rangers and Fast reportedly were far apart on extension talks at the trade deadline and, reportedly, the two sides did not engage prior to Free Agency.
Once a Ranger, always a Ranger.
Thank you, Jesper! pic.twitter.com/UbV9bRnN5m
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 10, 2020
A consummate teammate and a consummate pro, from draft day all the way through.
Thanks for everything, Quickie. pic.twitter.com/ZeVeYGDVHd
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 11, 2020
Adam Rotter: It’s clear that the Rangers either didn’t want to go to three-years for Fast or wanted to go in a new direction, because he did not get as high a cap hit as I thought he would. I figured Fast would get a four-year deal worth $10 million and maybe in a regular offseason he would have, but cap hit wise it’s hard to see how the Rangers and Fast couldn’t come together on a deal. It must have come down to years, which makes sense because Fast plays a game that sees him get banged up all the time and the Rangers have so many other forwards on the way.
Still, losing Fast is big for the Rangers on and off the ice. He’s now the third long-tenured Ranger to go this offseason, their second Alternate Captain to go, and someone that his teammates have immense respect for. You don’t win the Players’ Player award five times, across many different teammates, without garnering respect from everyone in the locker room. The Rangers will need someone, probably a few players, to pick up the roles that Fast is leaving behind. Artemi Panarin will need a new winger, possibly Kaapo Kakko, they will need someone to be part of their top PK unit with Mika Zibanejad, ?, and a smart, trustworthy forward to have on the ice to defend a lead. The Rangers knew all of this when they let Fast go, so they must have an idea of what they are going to do to fill those and the other roles Fast played.