Sunday, May 8, 2011

Rumor: Rangers Intersted In Goalie Viktor Fasth?

One of the few things considered a need, at least at the NHL level, for the New York Rangers this offseason is goaltending.  Having perennial Vezina contender Henrik Lundqvist installed as the starter and backbone of the team along with excellent backup Martin Biron there is little need to look for a goalie.  However, things are murkier beyond the NHL level.  To add to the confusion, according to a Swedish website, the New York Rangers are among five teams interesting in signing Viktor Fasth. 
Fasth is the 28-year-old Swedish goaltender who many saw play against Team USA in the World Championships.  This past season while playing for AIK in the Swedish Elite League (SEL) Fasth won the Honken Trophy as the best goaltender in the league.  The SEL is widely considered the second best league in the world behind the NHL. 
Fasth would be added to recently signed Jason Missiaen along with Chad Johnson, Cam Talbot, Dov Grumet-Morris and potentially Scott Stacjer.  Chad Johnson is a restricted free agent this summer and while he showed potential in his first year in the organization both at the AHL level and as a potential NHL backup he lost his job this season to both Cam Talbot and free agent Grumet-Morris.  Johnson is definitely a candidate to move on this summer. 
Talbot is under contract for next season so he will definitely still be around with the Whale while Grumet-Morris is another goalie they will have to make a decision on.  He came to the Whale this year on a try-out and by the time the season was over he was the playoff goalie. 
If the Rangers are seriously considering Fasth it would likely be for the AHL next season with an eye to making him the backup for Lundqvist after next season if Biron moves along.
Hat-tip to Blue Line Station for finding this story.