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Jesper Fast signs Three-Year deal with Carolina

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.

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.

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The Rangers and Jesper Fast reportedly haven’t had any talks

10/3/20 | Larry Brooks writes that Carolina may be a destination for Fast. (NY Post)

10/2/20 | Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that Jeff Gorton and the Rangers have not had any conversations with Jesper Fast’s agent since “extension talks broke down” prior to the trade deadline. (NY Post)

The Rangers held onto Fast through the deadline and he suffered, what is believed to be, a concussion only minutes into Game 1 against Carolina.

Fast was ranked 38th on TSN‘s Free Agent list.

Adam Rotter: This isn’t overly surprising but it will be a blow to the Rangers. Fast has been a very important part of the Rangers since he became a regular in 2014-15, but with so many young wingers here and on the way, they can’t really lock him up. He would be the third big “presence” to leave the Rangers, after Staal and Lundqvist, and someone whose role will need to be replaced. There is a reason he has won the Players’ Player Award for FIVE straight seasons, he sets an example, always works hard and makes smart plays. The Rangers will miss him/that and he will join a new team and make them better. He’s a great piece for a contending team that needs help in the bottom-six and on the PK and will likely get 3-4 years at somewhere between $2.5 million and $3 million per season.

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Artemi Panarin named Team MVP and Jesper Fast wins Players’ Player Award for 5th time

The Rangers have announced that Artemi Panarin has been voted Team MVP by “members of the New York Rangers media.”

Panarin is a finalist for both the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award.

Jesper Fast has won the Players’ Player award for the 5th straight season.

From the Rangers: “the Players’ Player Award has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1958-59 season and recognizes the Ranger who, as selected by his teammates, “best exemplifies what it means to be a team player.”

Fast is a free agent after this season.

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What to look for from the Rangers on deadline day

7:56AM: The NHL trade deadline is at 3PM today and Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast are still without contract extensions.

The Rangers enter today with 70 points in 61 games, six points behind the Islanders (76 in 61 games) and four points behind Carolina (74 in 61 games).

Reports on Sunday indicated that contract talks between the Rangers and Kreider were not progressing and that it was looking more like he would be traded than re-signed.

The Rangers currently on TSN‘s Trade Bait board are:

  • 1) Kreider
  • 11) Fast
  • 38) Pavel Buchnevich
  • 39) Tony DeAngelo
  • 45) Brady Skjei
  • 50) Lias Andersson

In the NY Post on Sunday, Larry Brooks wrote that the Rangers won’t give Fast away but are “likely” to trade him if they get offered a second-round pick.

He also wrote that the Rangers “might be prepared” to listen if teams call on Brady Skjei or Marc Staal. (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: 12:21PM on March 5, 2014 was the official time when the Rangers announced that Ryan Callahan had been traded for Marty St. Louis. I bring this up because it meant that the Rangers had made their decision to trade Callahan hours before the 3PM deadline. I’m not saying that if the Rangers decide to move Kreider than it will be with that amount of time left, but at some point the Rangers and Kreider will have to break off extension talks so the Rangers can wholly focus on maximizing the return for him. Maybe Jeff Gorton can continue negotiating with Kreider and negotiating with other teams deep into the early afternoon, it just seems that at a certain point you need to pick a road and follow it.

My guess is that we start the day hearing that nothing has changed overnight and that Kreider is likely to be traded, get an update in the mid-morning saying that some progress has been made but that it’s still 50/50. Ultimately, Kreider will make the call and if he wants to stay, which he does, a deal will be made. Kreider deserves everything he is asking for and will no doubt get it as a UFA on July 1, but the Rangers are only willing to go so far in term, cap hit and probably in no-move protection. Still, it seems as if there is a path to a deal and that something can get done. If not, Kreider will likely be on his way to Colorado or St. Louis in exchange for a first round pick, a young roster player, a prospect and a conditional pick.

While 3PM is obviously the important time of the day, 11AM is also important because it’s when the Rangers practice. With Jesper Fast, I don’t think the Rangers will move him unless they get a 1st round pick or a top prospect. Maybe they do it for a second round pick, but I think Fast is someone you want around for the rebuild and someone worth holding onto past the deadline even if he isn’t signed. The there is much less risk in holding onto Fast and trying to sign him before July 1 than there is with Kreider.

As for other players, I think the Rangers will take calls and maybe start some dialogue for after the season, but unless they have to subtract, like in the case of Kreider, they aren’t going to break up a team that has been going so well. This roster won’t be the same come next season, but those trades don’t need to be made now. Maybe Lias Andersson gets moved, but that too may wait until the summer.

The Rangers aren’t likely to make a move with any of their goalies unless Alex Georgiev is included in a bigger deal, but, again, that likely won’t come until the off-season if it happens at all.

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The latest on the Rangers and the trade deadline

7:29PM: On NBCSN on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie said:

On Chris Kreider,

  • “The door is still open in terms of negotiations between Chris Kreider and his agent Matt Keator, the dialogue has continued but I think that at this point there is maybe a little more likely that he will be traded than signed, but both options are still very much on the table.”
  • “We believe there are at least five teams that are legitimately interested to varying degrees in Chris Kreider. That would include the Boston Bruins, the Colorado Avalanche, the New York Islanders believe it or not, I’m not sure what the deal would have to look like for Chris Kreider to end up with the Islanders, but nevertheless they are a team that apparently has spoken, along with St. Louis and the Washington Capitals. St. Louis maybe not as much as before after they made the Marco Scandella trade, GM Doug Armstrong suggested that might be all they would do.”
  • “Right now the Rangers expect to get a first-round pick, a good prospect as well as a third piece that could be a player, a lesser pick or lesser prospect, and possibly a conditional pick if the team that acquires Kreider ends up signing him to a long-term deal.”
  • “In an ideal world this goes right down to the deadline on Monday, if the Rangers can get an auction situation going with those teams bidding against each other. At some point they will assess the situation, look at what it would cost to re-sign him, what they have coming through the door if they trade him and pull the trigger one way or the other, probably closer to Monday than now.”

On Alex Georgiev,

  • “I doubt very much that the three-headed goalie monster will be settled by Monday’s trade deadline. The Rangers are still talking to teams about Alex Georgiev and what the price would be for him but they are asking a big price and maybe intentionally so because I don’t know that they really want to trade Georgiev.”

On Jesper Fast,

  • “There is going to be considerable interest in him and I get the sense that the Rangers believe they can probably get at least a second-round pick, maybe a touch more than that, not a first-round pick, but a second-round pick and maybe a little something extra in a trade for him before the deadline.”

On Lias Andersson,

  • “The Rangers are still taking calls on him and there is a chance, not guaranteed, but a chance that he could move by Monday’s deadline.”
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Where things stand with the Rangers and the trade deadline (Updates)

2/13/20 | 2:27PM: Larry Brooks said on the NY Post Rangers podcast, “The Kreider thing now is essentially going to become a negotiation between the Rangers and Kreider’s party. I think the Rangers want to keep Kreider, I think they have come to the spot where they believe in the next couple of years that they could be a much better team with Chris than whatever they are able to get back for him but it’s going to become a contract negotiation. (NY Post)

2/12/20 | 8:02PM: On NBCSN, Bob McKenzie said “there have been negotiations in the last week to 10 days. The fact that they are talking, has created this, I wouldn’t want to call it a sense of optimism, that might be too strong, but there is that feeling out there. Kreider is on fire, this is a guy they really need for the short-term and long-term in New York, maybe they can get a deal done and maybe they can, but maybe they can’t. It really depends on Kreider, the number of years that he wants, the dollars that he wants and how realistic it is. They are getting offers on Kreider, they are going to be really good offers, and a dual track program and going down one track of negotiating to see if they can come up with a deal and going down the other track and negotiating with other teams as to what they could get if they traded him, too soon to say which way it’s going to go.”

2:51PM: Elliotte Friedman writes at Sportsnet that contract talks are “underway” with Kreider but the Rangers are continuing to do their “due diligence” on his trade value.

2/11/20 | 9:09PM: On TSN’s The Quiz, the options offered for a potential Chris Kreider trade were Florida, St. Louis, Washington, Boston or Colorado. Dave Pouiln chose Colorado, Jeff O’Neil chose Florida and Bob McKenzie chose St. Louis in a coin flip over Boston.

6:45PM: On TSN’s Insider Trading, Bob McKenzie said:

  • “There have been contract negotiations between Matt Keator, the agent for Chris Kreider and Rangers GM Jeff Gorton and because they have had these talks finally and gotten it going there seems to be, maybe, this growing sense of optimism that Kreider might come off the trade bait board and sign an extension with the Rangers. I think optimism is too strong a word, is it possible, sure, but it’s also going to be difficult for the Rangers to meet what Chris Kreider is looking for. What we have is dual tracks, the contract negotiations going on over here, trade talk going on over here and it still could very much go either way. What we do know is that if Chris Kreider stays, some combination of Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Strome and Tony DeAngelo, RFAs, would have to go, if not by the deadline than in the offseason.”
  • “The Rangers are believed to be continuing to take calls on trading Alex Georgiev, whether that happens by the deadline or the summer, it’s looking for a lot of people like maybe the summer would be the time to resolve the three headed monster in New York.”

11AM: TSN has the following Rangers listed on their latest trade bait board:

  • 1: Chris Kreider
  • 8: Tony DeAngelo
  • 12: Pavel Buchnevich

Kreider has remained at #1 through the entire season.

Alex Georgiev, ranked 17th in last week’s Trade Bait list, was not listed this time. Georgiev was ranked 5th in the 1/21 list.

Craig Custance has Kreider at #1 on his NHL Trade Deadline Big Board and writes that while there are 7-8 teams with “serious interest” in Kreider, “there appears to be momentum for him staying in New York, especially if the rental market remains lukewarm.” (The Athletic)

Georgiev was ranked 12th by Custance. (The Athletic)

In Custance’s first Trade Deadline Big Board from January 8th, Kreider was ranked 1st, Georgiev 11th and DeAngelo 15th. (The Athletic)

Custance also added in that 1/8 article that Ryan Strome “could likely be had at the right price.” (The Athletic)

Rick Carpiniello lists, in addition to Kreider and Georgiev, Jesper Fast, Ryan Strome, DeAngelo, Brady Skjei and Pavel Buchnevich as players that could be available depending on other moves that are made. (The Athletic)

Carpiniello write that he thinks Jeff Gorton and the Rangers will make “multiple trades” prior to the deadline. (The Athletic)

The trade deadline is 2/24 at 3PM.

Adam Rotter: The focus heading into the deadline is mostly focused on Kreider as a pending UFA and Georgiev because of the Rangers three-goalie situation. Many around the NHL believe that Jesper Fast will re-sign with the Rangers prior to the deadline and that is why, despite playing with Artemi Panarin and his ability to play up and down the lineup, he isn’t mentioned much as a rental.

The Rangers have no shortage of suitors for Kreider and will likely have their price met (at least a young/prospect forward, first round pick) if they decide to trade him. The Rangers prefer not to move Kreider but short and long-term it just may not work with the cap and the amount of money allocated to two LWs.

With Georgiev, the Rangers will have more suitors in the summer and could likely package him with another player for a bigger return, but I don’t think he’s going to get many starts the rest of the season. That doesn’t mean the Rangers should trade him because he isn’t going to play, but he likely won’t get many chances to increase his value.

The other players mentioned relate to Kreider in that if he signs, some of them will have to be moved, and not relate to Kreider in that the Rangers may just want to move them, younger/cheaper players are pushing them or their future contracts could cause issues down the road. Most of those other players though are likely to be moved, if they are at all, at the draft when more teams will have space/interest and the Rangers could use them to move up in the draft or fill other needs. It’s hard to project though since Kreider’s status has a huge impact both on the lineup and on the cap. There are arguments for keeping (their production) and trading (usually based around prospects/young players coming or their potential salaries) each of them, but these are decisions that I think will be handled after the season.