UPDATE (11:00p.m.) - The Red Wings are in a similar situation with 2010 2nd round pick Calle Jarnkrok, whose team was just eliminated in the playoffs by Oscar Lindberg's Skelleftea. The Red Wings were told that the Swedish Ice Hockey Association will only allow players to come over and play in the AHL. Thus, we're not going to see Fast in a Rangers uniform this season, though the Rangers can (and likely will) decide to mirror the Red Wings and let Fast get some experience with the Connecticut Whale.
8:05 p.m. - We discussed at length the condundrum the Rangers and prospect Jesper Fast(h) have. The Rangers want him to come over to North America now. Jesper wants to come over. But the Swedish Ice Hockey Association wants him to stay for the World Championship and ultimately have final say in the situation.
According to Swedish news website Aftonbladet NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and the Swedish Ice Hockey Association met and reached a solution. Assuming the report is valid, Fast will be allowed to come over and join the Rangers organization but will have to go back to Sweden to play for the national team on April 15th, or in time to join the team for their camp which begins April 17th.
At face value it appears there is a resolution of sorts. But there still are questions to ask and merited debate. bringing Fast over means burning a year on his Entry-Level Contract. And that was a point of debate from the very beginning. Now, the Rangers can only keep him until mid-April regardless of where the Rangers and Connecticut Whale are at. Fast is likely going to start in the AHL. Is it worth burning that precious year on his contract just for a few weeks in North America and very possibly zero games at the NHL level? I'm not so sure. We'll see what Gordie Clark and Glen Sather decide, however.
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@noahisonfire oh okay I gotcha now. What I read didn't say he had to stay with Connecticut. It would be kind of a waste to bring him over.
If our salvation is in Jesper Fast and Mats Zuccarello then let's be honest and start looking ahead to next year. If we think these two will get us over the hump and enable us to beat either the Pens or Bruins in the East or Anaheim, Chicago, or Minnesota in the West I'd like what Sather is smoking in those cigars of his. This Ranger squad has no identity, their 3rd and 4th lines provide no punch both literally and figuratively, and the defense lacks a thumper. If Roman Hamralik is the answer then we have forgotten the question. The goal is not only to make the playoffs, it's to win the Cup. Who cares s we lose in the first round? Rangers luck is we actually miss the playoffs and win the lottery for the first pick and then have to surrender it to Columbus. If that nightmare scenario happens, hold off all bets on the winner of the Nash trade.
@TheNYRBlog me either. He's probably not even ready for NHL level of play and we are going to bring him in for 3 weeks??? This is chaos
@PatrickKearns Status quo for the season.
Still think both Fast and Lindberg are better off in the AHL this year. Hagelin is one of the best players on the Rangers and it's the path he took after college. Ridiculous to think that either of these guys are "the answer."
This is idiotic.... if he plays well we lose him for the postseason? Please.... I hate international hockey, and maybe they can trade Richards for Fast that guy cant get out of New York quick enough
@Herman_NYRBlog why waste the year if he has to go back
@Herman_NYRBlog if he has to go back may as well not bring him over, last thing you want is him lighting it up & he has to leave
@jordanburnsred i agree
@coolandluke i for one like our chances against boston! look at our record against them, yeah were a smaller team and not physical but the habs took them to game 7 in 2010 with the smallest team in the league, your a negative ranger fan, NYR doesnt expect zuk to come in a change the direction of this team, hes here to give us some offence on the 3rd or 4th line. Roman Hamarlik is a vet that played damn well against us last yr in the playoffs while averaging 20 plus minutes, give the guy a break and let him get into game shape before you judge him, plus hes our 6th defender, girardi and mcdonagh are turning it around and we saw what del zotto can do, hopefully staal comes back before playoffs... and please Minnesota???? your obviously not watching much west hockey, once the rangers get into the playoffs they will be dangerous with lundqvist in net! .... so what if columbus gets a 10-20 pick ... we can sacrifice one year for a player that is amazing! ... he's played 25 games with the rangers, give him some time to figure out his game with the rangers ... he played 8 season with a struggling columbus team ... now lets try and be a little more positive cause fuck this season is pissing me off haha
@PhilipJWalsh It's not literally the state of Sweden. It's their hockey association. Just like NHL has rights over NHL players. And it's part of the transfer agreement the NHL has with Swedish hockey. Sucks, but it is what it is.
@Jbones72 That's how I'm leaning, but we'll see what Rangers decide. Advantages\/disadvantages to both choices.
@PhilipJWalsh Read the article we had on the situation yesterday (linked literally at the beginning of this article). Basically, NHL and Sweden have agreement in place on situations like this.
@noahisonfire like burn a whole year for a few weeks with the ahl team? Just let him have the whole year next year
@Herman_NYRBlog But it's for their national team, and why are they protecting the interests of that? Can't he retire?
%s agree but it would be %s luck he'd come over score like 5 goals & they'd have to lose him.. %s would explode!
@noahisonfire I can't wait for the next NHL update hahah
@jordanburnsred yeah he looks like another zuccarello anyways
@PhilipJWalsh He could, but presumably he doesn't want to destroy his national team career just to spend a few months extra in the AHL.