Irresponsible Rumormongering

Determining possible trade partners for Jesper Fast

Chris Kreider is the most talked about, but Fast may also be on his way out

As trade deadline chatter heats up, rumors will be abound regarding any pending free agent on a non-playoff team. For the Rangers, Chris Kreider is the top target across the board, but Jesper Fast is a name that has been floating around that provides depth for Cup contenders. He’d be the kind of low risk acquisition that stabilizes the bottom-six of the acquiring team.

Finding teams that need someone like Fast isn’t as easy as we might think. After all, he is a jack-of-all-trades, but true contending teams would view him as a bottom-six forward who can play up as needed, but also have the assets needed to acquire him (2nd round pick?). Cap space shouldn’t be too much of an issue with his $1.85 million cap hit, but the Rangers will be able to retain 50%, making the cap hit $925,000.

An interesting wild card would be teams that are a little bit more analytically inclined. Fast has always had great numbers, even when the Rangers had historically bad defensive numbers. I’d lean towards one of those teams acquiring Fast over a bigger splash like Kreider.

Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina was the first team that came to mind because this kind of trade is right up their alley. They are analytically inclined, set in the top-six, have the cap space to make it work, and multiple second/third round picks to work with. The only thing with the Canes is that their forwards are pretty stacked. Unless there is an injury, I can’t see them looking outside the organization. Or maybe Fast could be an insurance policy that slides in for a struggling Ryan Dzingel, who has been demoted to the fourth line.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avs are another team that has been sniffing around the Rangers lately. While the thought process went right to Kreider, he might be cost prohibitive for them. They do, however, lack a second round pick this year, but do have Toronto’s third to work with. Colorado is a fit from a roster perspective though, as Colorado is a little top-heavy and Fast’s reputation as a solid utility man improves their lineup without drastically altering it.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins are a one line team that has no RW depth at all. Karson Kuhlman and Chris Wagner slot in behind David Pastrnak and Anders Bjork, and that’s just not very good. Boston has been rumored to be in on Kreider, but Fast is a nice consolation prize if they miss out or don’t want to fork up the 1st+prospect it’s going to cost to land him. They have their second and third rounders as well.

Quite honestly, this could go on all day. Every single playoff team could use a player like Fast, and he comes with a cheap cap hit and an affordable trade cost. Edmonton, Vegas, Vancouver, Washington, Florida, Dallas, St. Louis…that’s about all the playoff teams.

At some point, Fast’s contract demands are going to be leaked and the Rangers are going to make a decision regarding his future in New York. They won’t have trouble finding a trade destination for him if he prices himself out.

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  • Very good choices David.

    I especially think the Avs might be the best fit because I can see them needing a mucker in the corners or along the boards type of player.

    So, how about Fast, Lias, and Georgie for a nice package from the Avs? They have some good prospects.

  • If they can keep Fast, I would prefer it to a late round pick!!!!!!!
    Let’s face it, he’s cheap, and versatile, to the point of dip stick using him on the first line, which is idiotic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • he’s cheap now. is he cheap later though? that’s the conundrum. Fast just seems very much like a guy whom it will be a struggle to fit in this team’s cap structure when it comes to new contract time. this from a Fast fan. I’d very much like to see him stay at the right price. one way or another you need players like this in your bottom six when you get back to the playoffs, and his work ethic and experience is a role model for all these kids.

  • Steve Paulus wrote an article that was interesting, but I thought everyone should read this part of the article:
    Newsday Islanders beat writer Andrew Gross was interviewed on Sirius NHL Radio Tuesday and was asked about the Rangers’ three goalie system. Gross knows the Rangers well having covered them for several years for the Bergen Record and his theory is fascinating. Gross said that he believes that the Rangers are actively lobbying Henrik Lundqvist to waive the no movement clause in his contract so that they can deal him at the deadline with retaining Shesterkin and Georgiev their preference. He said that this is all going on behind closed door, but that it is the move that the team wants to make.

    • This is nothing new in past years Walt. This may be the first time that they have asked Hank this year, but they have in the past, since The Letter was sent out.

      IMO it’s important for Hank to retire playing for one team, but of course, due to current circumstances, his thought process may change. He can’t be happy but he also knows what he signed up for by staying. They all knew that Shesty was coming this year, at some point.

      And why wouldn’t the Rangers prefer to have 2 under 25 year old goalies as their tandem?

      • Why do you think Hank knew what he was signing up for? Did you visualize this three headed goalie system where Hank might go two weeks without playing? I didn’t think Quinn would have the guts to do that. What makes us think Hank thought it would happen?

        And I am not speaking to the wisdom of Quinn’s actions here. Whether his rotation is brilliant or idiotic, it still took courage to implement it.

        • The Rangers put themselves in this position. They knew last year that they had something in Georgie, and they sure as hell knew that Shesty would be in the Rangers’ line up sometime this season.

          But my point with Henrik, is that he knew this last year too, when they asked him if he wanted to be traded, and Henrik wanted to stay. That’s on him. So, he has another chance to go to a contender. It’s his call.

          And it would not shock me if the Rangers did not trade Georgiev, unless they get a knockout offer.

          • Part of my point with Henrik though – and the same can be said about Marc Staal and numerous other players is that they are proud athletes accustomed to success. Facing the idea that you are no longer good enough to play is really really hard – witness Staal’s reaction when he was finally benched last fall. It is just easier to deny reality.

            When Lundqvist originally signed up for the rebuild, he knew it meant playing for a team that would not be focused on making the playoffs for a few years. He likely also knew it meant playing for a team that was readying itself for the post-Hank era. But did he really think he was going to have his playing time seriously cut? Certainly most people here expected him to play 50+ games this season. Surely he did too.

            Oh – and if YOU believe that he should be playing more even now, don’t you think Hank also believes it and feels somewhat blindsided by current events? I suspect that if I were Hank, I would think that I am still the best goalie on the team and would be quite disheartened by Quinn’s rotation.

            DISCLAIMER: I do not believe the actual truth of whether or not Hank is the best goalie today or what Ray actually thinks has any bearing on the validity of the preceding three paragraphs.

      • Tony

        The only reason I posted this part of the article is to keep our site up to date as to what may be going on behind closed doors. As I’ve said before Hank is in the drivers seat, and he will decide his destiny!!!!!!!!

        • Bro, it was a very appropriate and timely post. I think you misunderstood what I was saying to you.

    • That is an interesting comment Walt. Combine that with Georgiev not playing tonight versus Toronto, considering how well he plays against Toronto. I am starting to wonder if they are going to try and trade Georgiev and Hank. Tyler Wall is in his senior year at U Mass. You can take back Grubauer from Colorado and he can back up Igor, until Wall is ready. Let Wall play in Hartford.

  • Prospects, prospects, prospects!
    JD will have to hire Mrs. Doubtfire or Mary Poppins to care for all the kids.

  • NO to trading Fast … unless it’s a 2nd rounder. Anything less and I say just resign him, you’re going to miss him when he’s gone. 😉

  • The Rangers won’t retain salary on Fast unless it is a very late deal. They can only retain salary on two more contracts and Kreider, Lundqvist, Staal, Smith, Strome are all better uses of retained salary. So only if they know they are keeping four out of five are they going to retain salary on Fast.

    • Seriously, there are seven people (thumbs downers) on this blog who take an issue with the notion that salary retention is a more useful tool with higher salaries than with lower salaries.

      • I am inclined to agree with you on this point. I just looked up scoring over the last three seasons (really 2.6 of course). Buchnevich has 109 points and Fast 75. But Buch has 36 PP points and Fast none. Fast has two shorties so they have the exact same number of goals at even strength. (and remarkably ES ice time differs by only about 20 minutes) Of course, Buch deserves credit for his PP work, but Fast contributes on the PK.

        Not to criticize Buchnevich, but it is odd that many think Buch is a bargain at $3M and Fast isn’t worth that much. So far at least, performance -wise, the two players seem very similar in value.

        My original comment was not intended as a suggestion to trade or keep anyone, just an observation that if hypothetically you are thinking of trading say Kreider and Smith, you don’t waste the salary retention feature on a player who makes less than $2M, at least until you have given up on the other trades.

  • I think Fast stays… the bigger question is Strome. I think the team is anxious to trade him so I don’t expect a big return.

    • By any measure the Strome trade (and therefore the Nash trade) has been a huge boon. If they get a 2nd or 3rd+ rounder for him, it’s a huge win.

      That said if we can keep Strome, ADA, Georgiev, Kreider and Fast while subtracting Smith, Staal, Haley and yes, Hank … I would be a happy camper for next year. Unless the returns involve immediate help (more looking at next season), then we’re taking the proverbial 2 steps back for the one step forward —- although if Kreider can net a 1st and a TOP prospect, that’s hard to pass up). The UFA market this summer is piss poor (aside from Kreider, Krug, Pietrangelo and Hall — but I can’t see us signing any of those, aside from Kreider if his demands are reasonable).

  • Unless Quickie is demanding a lot of money, I don’t think the Rangers should trade the guy. He is worth far more to the club than the return they will get for him.

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