We've had a lot of Jesper Fast(h) updates in the past few days. And it's warrented. He's an intriguing prospect and the Rangers could sure use someone of his ability on the roster even though he is likely to start in the AHL. Fast implied two days ago that he would like to come over to North America now but is waiting to hear what the Rangers want to do. Larry Brooks and Katie Strang both seperately cited sources that claim the Rangers want him to come over now. While there are never guarantees, where there is smoke there is fire, and in this case the smoke signals seem clear; Fast wants to come over, and the Rangers want Fast to come over. So the happy marriage is inevitable, right?
What Brooks and Strang also mention is that the Swedish Ice Hockey Association has to clear Fast's move to North America. And while both articles do mention this, they might not appropriately highlight exactly how problematic this might actually be. The NHL has an agreement with Sweden which basically gives Sweden authority to block the transfer of anyone registered on their World Championship roster. Especially with the NHL season ending later than previously and therefore limiting the number of players who will be available, Fast is a virtual lock.
The World Hockey Championship begins May 3rd. The NHL regular season ends April 27th. That's a tight squeeze as is, and assuming (hoping) the Rangers make the playoffs he would pretty much miss it altogether. Even if not, the Rangers would likely send him down to Connecticut for their playoff run, which could interfere as well. EVEN IF all of this is avoided (unlikely), Sweden might very well still want to keep him around for tune-up games and preperations prior to the actual start of the tournament.
Enter Peter Forsberg. Now the vice president of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association, his stance on the issue is pretty clear: "We need to keep our players here if we are to build our own World Cup team." Tommy Boustedt, who has the title of development chief for the SIHA, explains further, essentially saying that the rules are clear and the Rangers will have to abide by them.
This isn't going to be the end of it. Rangers Head European Scout Anders Hedberg is likely going to be in constant talks with the necessary parties. As one of the first Swedes to play in the NHL as well as a recent inductee into the Swedish Hockey Hall of Fame, you would think he has some pull.
The Rangers want to introduce him to North American hockey and the system the team plays immediately. And having him as an option for the NHL doesn't hurt, either. Sweden understandbly wants to keep one of their best domestic players for a tournament that is taken very seriously in Europe. It's going to be a complicated discussion but one that Sweden apparently has ultimate authority over. With all of that has gone on this season, it would be nice for the Rangers to catch a break and get this minor victory.
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@TheNYRBlog Good article - Gee Forsberg made enough money over here - how about this guy? Ironic, eh?
Yup, Fasth will solve everything with the four minutes a night on the fourth line Tortsy gives him!!!
I still think he'll be allowed to play for the Rangers organization this year. And btw, the vice president of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association is not THE Peter Forsberg. : )
This was the issue that the Ottawa Senators had with Jakob Silfverberg the last season. That time Swedens national team head coach (Per Mårts) said that they werent going to interfere with a player and his career and they let him go.
Very late, and I will post again tomorrow. Just thought about this. Gaborik and a prospect and a second for Thomas Vanek and a depth player from buffalo. Both Vanek and Gaborik have one more year on their contracts, and we would actually lose salary cap in a straight up trade between Gaborik and Callahan. I think Vanek is a phenomenal player... This to me would be the trade sather should be looking into.
Then if Richards cant play with Vanek and Nash, he has to go. We either get a number one center or we buy him out. There are plenty of people that could play with those two... If not we lose his cap hit also.
Can I mail this trade to Sather yet.... GET IT DONE
What Ranger fans may not realize is the Swedish Hockey Federation is doing what the Rangers would do if the situations are reversed. Sweden is looking not only at this years World Championships but also the next Winter Olympics as seedings is based on performance in international events like the WCs. In North America the World Championships don't matter because of the Stanley Cup but in Europe they are huge.
And let's not be in a rush to burn a year off another prospect's Entry Level Contract. It could just come back and bite the Rangers down the road.
@TheNYRBlog couldn't fast(h) imply tht if sweden messes with his potential for making a living that he will never play for them?
Interesting. Something tells me Hank should give Sweden a call and tell them to stop being Swedish and let him play for the Rangers.
@Zelrio Yeah, because Torts probably has "no idea" who he is. I hate that he NEVER has any idea about the players being added to the team. I call B.S.
@slapshot13j Don't Bogart that joint my friend....
@slapshot13j oh I'm sure the Buffalo front office will just be tripping all over each other in a mad dash to the phone to make this trade. I mean, who wouldn't want to trade your best player for an underachieving winger who has seven less goals, is two years older and has a bigger cap hit? You're adorable.
@TheProspectpark As I'm sure you know, Jess, all I'm doing is reporting the situation. Obviously as a Rangers fan I want wants best for the Rangers, but I'm not really taking sides in who is "right" and who is "wrong." As for the ELC, yeah, that's of course an issue. The Rangers have obviously decided that the benefits of getting him here in North America immediately outweigh the consequences. Given Gordie Clark's track record I'm not really prepared to say that he is wrong (though maybe he is).
@ivanricov I agree lol
@AnnoyingJoe I don't want to blow up the team I think they can actually win a cup but someone big has to go to send a message I think it should be Richards
@NYR44 maybe after the season. He's got too much of a proven history of success. knows how to win in playoffs
@slapshot13j yeah, which is a bad idea. It's pre- lockout, pre-cap era thinking. This team drafts too well now. You don't trade high picks for rentals.