Following an impressive postseason performance, Jesper Fast has cashed in.
On Wednesday, the Rangers announced they signed Fast to a three-year, $5.5 million deal, one that carries a $1.85M average annual cap hit. The deal comes after the 25-year-old was one of New York’s top skaters in the playoffs, scoring six points in 12 games while playing just under 15 minutes per night.
This is a nice piece of business from Rangers GM Jeff Gorton, who locks in a steady lineup presence and contributor for less than $2 million per season.
Fast’s offense took a bit of a dip from ’15-16 to ’16-17 — his goals decreased from 10 to six, his points from 30 to 21 — though to be fair, last season was somewhat derailed by a separated shoulder.
Today’s signing also comes on the heels of Gorton adding depth to the center position, by inking veteran free agent David Desharnais.