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Another Potentially Important Signing

I am always on the lookout for players who are signed who might make a significant impact in the NHL.  I pointed out the Roman Cervenka signing by Calgary.  There is another one that I think could make a big impact.  The Anaheim Ducks have signed Viktor Fasth who was the Swedish goaltender in the World Championships.  He is a 29 year old goalie who signed a 1 year $1 million one way contract.  He is expected to be Jonas Hiller’s backup goalie but if he plays as well as he might, he could take over as their starter.

Fasth has been a very successful goalie in Sweden.

He was named the top goalie in the Swedish Elite League this season.  It is the second year in a row he has won this award.  These are the only two seasons he played in the Swedish Elite League.  He was named the MVP of the World Hockey Championships in 2011.  This gives him a very good recent track record.  He has been in lower leagues the rest of his career.  This makes him a late bloomer who has become a star.  A Goalie blooming later in his career is not an unknown thing among NHL goalies (see for example Tim Thomas). 

It is reasonable to argue that Fasth is the best goalie who was previously not in the NHL.  His career numbers also suggest that he is still improving.  Thus he could be a significant NHL player if he properly adjusts to his new league.  He is certainly one to watch in the 2012/13 season.

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tkfergy's avatar

Since he played overseas and he was signed before free agency, doesn’t he have to go through waivers just like Jagr would have?

Posted by tkfergy on 05/23/12 at 02:32 AM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

He isn’t going to play a game this season, so no he does not have to clear waivers.

Jagr would not have to have had to clear waivers last summer if he signed before July 1st but after the team he signed with was out of the playoffs.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 05/23/12 at 02:35 AM ET

tkfergy's avatar

Jagr would have because he has played in the NHL before. Fasth didn’t because he hasn’t…
http://thehockeywriters.com/nhl-waiver-rules/

Posted by tkfergy on 05/23/12 at 05:18 PM ET

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“Best goalie outside the NHL”...cause that worked out so well for other goalies brought over *cough*Gustavsson*cough*.

Posted by sag002 from Toronto, ON on 05/25/12 at 02:28 PM ET

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