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Ducks extend Fasth — two years, $5.8 million

Feb 20, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

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The Anaheim Ducks have rewarded Viktor Fasth‘s perfect start to his NHL career by signing him to a two-year, $5.8 million contract extension.

Fasth, 30, will be paid $2.4 million in 2013-14 and $3.4 million in 2014-15, according to Helene Elliott of the LA Times.

The two-time Honken Trophy winner — awarded annually to the top goalie in Sweden — first signed with the Ducks in May of 2012 on a one-year, $1 million deal.

“Viktor has proven himself not only this year in the NHL, but the previous two seasons as the top goaltender in Sweden,” said Ducks general manager Bob Murray in a release. “We are pleased to be able to keep him and feel fortunate to have two top NHL goaltenders going forward.”

After spending a good chunk of his career toiling in the lower-tier Swedish leagues, Fasth eventually arrived in North America as something of an unknown commodity. He was pegged to challenge for the backup spot to incumbent starter Jonas Hiller, and even Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau admitted the organization “didn’t even know what we had” in Fasth.

Now, they certainly know.

Fasth is just the third goaltender in NHL history to win his first eight-or-more career decisions (Fasth is 8-0-0) and is currently tied atop the NHL in wins.

He also ranks sixth in GAA (1.78) and tied for seventh in save percentage (.933).

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Wise…..very wise….

  2. killerpgh - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Seems early to give him an extension. Patrick Lalime started his career with the Penguins and set the record for goalies starting the NHL career going 14-0-2 before losing his first game. Steve Mason started off having a great year his rookie season. The terms aren’t to bad at 2.4 and 3.4 million per year. Those would be great salary numbers for the Ducks if he can become the starter. But they are also expensive numbers if he becomes a back up.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      But with Hiller you never know when his vertigo is gonna act up. And he’s been relatively injury-prone over the past few years so it’s nice to have another option. If Fasth had hit the open market after this season (as long as he’d continue steady play) he’d probably get north of $4 mil/year. I think it’s a good deal since you now have a 1A and 1B option, similar to St. Louis last season. The only downside is that it reduces the overall cap room left to resign Perry and Getzlaf.

    • tyler4richardson - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Not saying you are wrong, but they maybe jumped on it now instead of letting him test the market in off season. He isn’t your standard rookie who can’t sign anywhere due to RFA status, he is a 30 year old rookie who is a UFA at seasons end. Winning the top goalie award for Sweden back to back recently must give the Ducks some reassurance too. Henrik Lundqvist was a 3 time winner of that award and Jacob Markstrom was the last to win it before Fasth. Not bad company. I agree with you, it certainly is a risk, but due to his contract status and success over the past 2 years, I understand why they did it. Hiller is a UFA at the end of 2014 too.

      • chuchie414 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Plus there is the possibility he takes the no. 1 spot from Hiller. With him being a UFA there is no chance he wouldn’t test the open market if that were to happen.

    • withseidelinn - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      I initially thought it was too soon, but with the way he is playing $2.4 and $3.4 a year is a bargain – if he keeps it up. I think it was wise to do it now, as if he keeps this level of performance up he would demand far more. Also, he will start to draw interest from other teams which would drive the price up.

  3. lsxphotog - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Hopefully the first eight games are a good indication of how he will continue to play. Goalies are being called up younger and younger these days, and he’s just in his “goaltending prime” so it would be interesting if he can keep this up.

  4. baned0n - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Anyone that doubted this would happen just needed to have a little Fasth.

  5. xflyersx - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Man, that was Fasth

    • ibieiniid - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      lol that’s a bad one.

      thumbs up for effort tho

  6. letsgopens8771 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Next Gatorade Commercial. Gatorade: Fasth-er, better, stronger.

  7. 19to77 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Hmmm. Well, on the one hand, this is really, really fast. Schneider was heralded as the assured #1 in Vancouver after a much bigger sample size and still lost it, and Steve Mason won the Calder before his hot streak died. Eight games prove very little.

    On the other, thirty games into the season, assuming he’s still hot, he’d command a much higher return than they just got him for. And Anaheim’s a team that carefully watches its spending most years, so this is good from that side of things. Besides, he’s had a much longer (and successful in the SEL first) career than the Masons of the world – he’s more proven, I think.

    • letsgopens8771 - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      I see where you’re coming from but Fasth’s contract is only for two years so no big deal.

      • 19to77 - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        Oh, yeah, definitely, if things go sour for whatever reason then it’s a short-lived mistake. But the “he’s only played eight freaking games” part is still a bit of a sticking point for me.

  8. jhuck92 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Very smart move by the Ducks and very well deserved by Fasth.

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