Jesper Fast to be sidelined until November following hip surgery

June 5, 2017, by
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(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Jesper Fast had successful hip surgery today, the Rangers announced. The recovery time for Fast is five months, which puts him on target to return in November. Fast is a versatile piece to the Rangers, so we will see how they navigate the injury when the season starts.

As for the expansion draft, I don’t think this changes the club’s approach. Fast wasn’t going to be protected, so any decisions regarding who to expose likely remain the same. As for Vegas selecting him, I don’t think one month of rehab is going to deter them from taking a young, versatile forward.

Categories : Injuries


  1. SalMerc says:

    It certainly does effect his future and immediate impact with the Vegas team. You may think twice about taking him now. Shrewd move delaying his surgery until now. Oskar had similar surgery and wasn’t right until January.

  2. 43 says:

    I still think Vegas takes Grabner.

    • Hatrick Swayze says:

      If Lindberg is exposed, there is no way they take Grabner over him. I would be elated to be wrong on that, though.

      • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

        It always depends on need, but young centers are hard to find. Grabner dramatically overachieved expectations this past year and is likely to significantly regress–especially away from the Rangers system. I think of all the Rangers that will be available, Grabner will be the least desirable to Vegas.

        I suspect they will take either Lindberg or Raanta, unless Gorton can swing some kind of a deal with McPhee.

  3. Reenavipul says:

    Where it hurts is trade value for the RFA. Sign and trade where the value is now 2-1/2 seasons instead of 3 crimps things.

  4. Stevesse says:

    Unless Gorton gets creative, Lindberg is a goner.

    • Reenavipul says:

      This is why I have no problem exposing Stepan or even Zuccarello. The team has replacements (Step was getting buried against top lines, will get buried in Vegas, Zucc wil be 30 at the start of the season) in waiting and will free up space to go buyout route on 5 & 18.

      Pretty sure Raanta of Grabner would get taken ahead of Lindberg anyway.

      • Richter1994 says:

        Oy vey, you can’t lose players like Stepan and Zuc for nothing.

        • Reenavipul says:

          Yes, yes you can. You get cap room in return, which has a value you’re not grokking.

          The team has replacements for top 6 on cheaper contracts, they have bottom 6 players to replace the guys moving up. They need cap space if one is looking to buy out defencemen.

          There’s only two ways you can go forward in this league as a GM: rebuild the airplane while you’re flying it and make it better, or have a controlled flight into terrain and get a new, faster plane if you survive the landing.


            “There’s only two ways you can go forward in this league as a GM: rebuild the airplane while you’re flying it and make it better, or have a controlled flight into terrain and get a new, faster plane if you survive the landing.”


            Or, we could do what you’re suggesting, which is throw quality airplane parts out the window (lol) for no reason at all (instead of dumping a bunch of junk in the back) just because you ‘never liked it’ in the first place.

            Reminds me of a bad letgo commercial.

            The sick part is, I’d actually like to see them trade Stepan… but not because he’s worth a 5th round pick & a sandwich (as you seem to be implying).

          • Stevesse says:

            This Aircraft has been in the air so long that the stress fractures on its fuselage are unrepairable. A new plane is the only solution. Put in the order now, and maybe one down year an we have a brand new product.

            • Walt says:

              This plane barely passed the NDI test last season, we really don’t want to get airborne with them again, do we????????

          • Richter1994 says:

            My good friend:

            Trade Staal.
            Buyout G.
            Trade KK.

            Cap space created.

            NOW, if you want to trade Stepan plus for Duchene or Stepan for Galenchuk then I’m all for it.


        “This is why I have no problem exposing Stepan or even Zuccarello”

        With all due respect, that is insane. Stepan would net, in a trade, no less than a first round pick + + + of value (closer to two, perhaps even with a lesser pick thrown in for good measure). He’s in that top 30 in scoring among centers, and has been for years. Stepan is also on the ‘right side’ of 30. Lastly, he is signed for three more years, which means he’s not a ‘rental’.

        That prior paragraph is not an opinion; everything said in it is an irrefutable fact.

        Zuc, being a winger, would net less than Stepan in a trade. But again, however, you’re not being objective if you think he’d go for less than a quality first rounder (at the absolute minimum).

        While I agree that Lindberg could fill a bigger role next season (among others) and that Raanta or Grabner would be taken before him, to say that we should essentially give high value players away for free is indefensible.

        It makes no sense.

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

          I’m with Richter and Dog on this. I understand what Reena is saying, but if you want to maeuver the roster pieces to create cap space, you deal your best assets to get what you want. You don’t give them away for nothing (yes, I understand cap space is something, but no chance the Rangers do that IMO)

          The Rangers are NOT going into full blown rebuild. If they planned to do that, I doubt seriously they would have resigned AV or that the coach would have agreed to stick around. They will continue to get younger, look to re-shape the defense, all the while staying in contention and hoping that eventually, their young talent will finally turn into legit stars.

        • Reenavipul says:

          Trade Step or expose him, doesn’t matter to me. He’s the next Klein: optimal value that nobody wants to lose until he falls off the cliff, but by that point he’s unmovable.

          Step was getting destroyed in home P60 and Corsi at the start of the season until AV stopped giving him the hard matchups and started giving them to Hayes in December.

          Before that change, Step would’ve been well outside the top 30 centers(was a bottom third C anyway.)

          The wrong side of 28 is now the wrong side of 30. Why do you think the CBA was designed as such?

          • Richter1994 says:

            I get that you want to get rid of Stepan, which is fine, just trade him for good assets back. Stepan is viewed as a top 6 center in the league so some GM will trade for him and give the Rangers something that they can use.

            Just don’t give him away for nothing.

          • Walt says:


            As much as I value your knowledge, and opinion, I respectfully have to disagree with you on this one. Stepan can get us some value in return, how much is debatable, but something.

            I want Daisy gone for any number of reasons, along with cap space, but there are teams that see something in him who may give us a #1, and a prospect, which I would take in a heart beat. I certainly am NOT in the camp that Stepan can’t be replaced, far from it, he should be our 3rd center at best, but that’s a debate for another day!!!!!!!!!!!

            • Rich S. says:

              100 % agree Walt……
              I would love to get a #1 pick or #1 prospect but dont think there are any GM’s stupid enough [outside of Milbery and Esposito and sather] willing to give up big talent for a guy with 3 game winning goals in 90 playoff games!!!!!!!!
              Addition by subtraction when he leaves…….

              Still dont get fans OK with losing grabner [our MVP] and his 27 even strength goals……
              If we lose him it will be like when we let strallman go for nothing!!!!!!!!

              • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

                One….year…wonder. Simple as that.

                I will ask you again, do you honestly believe that if Stepan were a UFA right now and Grabner as well, that Grabner somehow would draw more interest than Stepan? There is NO WAY.

                Unless he is traded as part of some other deal, I totally expect Grabner to be back and regress to about 15 goals. Then it will be up to your “stars” to actually carry the load and not disappear as they are want to do. 🙂

          • Hatrick Swayze says:

            Trade Step or expose him, doesn’t matter to me.

            ^ that right there shows that you just don’t get it. Would you donate your 2014 Acura MDX with 45,000 miles to Kars for Kids? No, you’d trade it in to Audi for a Q5. You’d donate your 2002 Audi A4 Allroad with 220,000 miles.

            There is a substantial difference in what to do with an asset. It’s not an either or thing.

            • Reenavipul says:

              Your analogy is misplaced as it is in isolation.

              My monthly budget is $3000/month.

              My mortgage/taxes are $2000
              I have a leased car for $400/month which has an option to buy. I have a 2nd car that if I fix it up can be just as good as the other one but costs me $200 now, might be $300 after expenses.
              That leaves me with a per diem of $10 to take care of everything else.
              I have put off major repairs on my house, but it’s getting ugly.

              The option on the car is coming up: Do I buy it and run it into the ground and only fix the bannister on the stairs , or do I get rid of it, repair the foundation of the house and hope my other car does a similar job for less?

  5. Spozo says:

    Their season ended almost a month ago. Why did they wait so long knowing that recovery would already make him miss part of the season?

    • Reenavipul says:

      Kept his mouth shut during the playoffs: found in exit medical, Docs waited for the inflammation to go down before op.

      • Spozo says:

        Fact or speculation? Honestly curious…..

        • Reenavipul says:

          100% speculation, but it’s the usual routine. Players will play until they drop. You should be getting exit medical. Waiting for swelling to subside before surgery is best practice.

  6. Richter1994 says:

    It’s fake news to protect Quickie against the draft.

    • Walt says:

      Quicky, you mean AV’s step child?????????

      • Richter1994 says:

        Fast is a well deserved fave, JUST DON’T PUT HIM IN THE TOP 9. lol

        • Walt says:

          That’s why the sly remark!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like Fast, but on the 4th line only…………..

          • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

            Players Player…two years in a row. The guy who, in multiple reports, we have learned that teammates lobby the head coach to PLEASE put him on their line.

            It seems that the players see this very differently.

            • Walt says:

              according to you right………

              • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

                According to all the reports. Have you ever seen one to the contrary from a legit source? If so, please share.

            • Richter1994 says:

              The guy who, in multiple reports, we have learned that teammates lobby the head coach to PLEASE put him on their line.

              Which is why the players shouldn’t make line ups either, lol.

              I could be the greatest guy in the world, but that doesn’t entitle me to play on an NHL top line.

  7. amy says:

    get well quick Jesper have a great summer