Jesper Fast Trade Rumors

Rangers have not had any talks yet about a Jesper Fast extension

1/24/20 | Pierre LeBrun writes at The Athletic that the Rangers and Jesper Fast have not yet had any talks about a possible contract extension. (The Athletic)

Fast, 28, is in the final-year of a three-year deal, that has a cap hit of $1.85 million, and is slated to be a UFA.

LeBrun says that he believes the Ranger want to re-sign Fast because of the example he sets for the younger players. (The Athletic)

Fast has won the Rangers Players’ Player award, given to the player that “best exemplifies what it means to be a team player,” for the past four seasons.

Fast was an occasional alternate captain during the 2017-18 season but has been a full-time alternate captain for the past two seasons.

Adam Rotter: I’m a little surprised on this though it seems like the Rangers don’t intend to talk contract with anyone until closer to the deadline. Fast seems like a no-brainer to extend. He can play up and down the lineup, kills penalties and sets an example for everyone on the kind of effort that is needed. Fast should be relatively cheap to extend, even on a four-year deal at something north of $2 million per season. It makes sense unless the Rangers feel they can get something worthwhile for him in a trade and have his replacement picked out.

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Jesper Fast will not play the rest of this season

David Quinn announced that Jesper Fast will miss the rest of the season with the injury that has been keeping him out of the lineup. (NYR)

Fast has been battling through injury for most of the season and has not been practicing. (NYR)

David Quinn met with the media on Monday after practice and said (NYR):

  • On the lineup for tonight, “Georgie is in net, Staal is out – lower body injury, Freddy Claesson is in.”
  • On Ryan Strome, “I think he has become a more complete player, he has always had the ability to produce offensively, he had a 50 pt season and he has had an opportunity and take advantage of it. He wants to get better and has done a lot of good things for us since he has been here.”
  • On being able to win again, “Winning feels way better than losing, we have gone through a tough stretch and to play against a team of that caliber on a Saturday night and doing it the way we did it, we did a lot of good things. It was a real feel good win, not that all wins don’t feel good but some feel better than others and I would put that in that category.”
  • On the shot attempts Toronto had, “I certainly don’t want to give up 104 shot attempts, that is not a recipe for success, we are aware of that, but when you are playing against a team with that fire power, with a shooting mentality, as we have talked about with us, we don’t have that shooting mentality and we are trying to get more shots off, some of our best chances we didn’t get a shot off, that is something we have to get better at but the fact that we were willing to block shots and compete the way we did and show the characteristics we did in Toronto – I thought we showed a lot of those against Detroit, so we have made some progress over the last two games.”
  • On facing Pittsburgh, “similar challenge with the talent that they have. The recipe for success, we have to do a better job of doing the things we did well, we got into trouble after we scored our goal, they turned the heat up but we were running around and let the environment and situation get to us a little bit, that crowd can react to anything and even if nothing is going on, they will react to a shot that misses the net and all the sudden your team feeds off it and their team feeds off it and then real bad things happen. We won’t have that tonight in our own building.”
  • Is Staal day to day, “he is day to day, much better but he wasn’t going to be able to play.”
  • On Jesper Fast, “Fast is done for the year. He’s around, rehabbing, he won’t skate, but we will address his injury and he will be fine.”
  • On Kreider, “day to day, getting better.”
  • More on Fast, “he’s the ultimate pro, as coachable a human being and as a team-guy as you can have on your roster. He’s invaluable to us and can play in all situations, I always had heard great things but he far exceeded what I heard.”
  • Was it difficult to tell him he was done for the year, “yes, he wants to be out there tonight.”
  • On Georgiev playing more, “yes, there is a chance for that, see how he plays tonight. Hank has had a heck of a year for us overall, so I want to get him back in for sure but Georgie has played great.”
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Jesper Fast out 2-4 weeks with upper body injury

12:01PM: Jesper Fast is out 2-4 weeks with what the Rangers are calling an upper body injury.

Fast was injured during the second period of Friday’s loss to Arizona.

He returned late in the second period and played 4:13 in the third to finish the game.