Jesper Fast is “open for anything” as he states in a new interview with Swedish outlet, VP Sport. The Rangers soon to be unrestricted free agent discussed this past season and his future.
On this past season
“It did not turn out quite as I had imagined or hoped, neither for myself nor for the team,” Fast said. “I was injured in the first game and we lost in three straight. It was a disappointment after all the preparation and all the time put in.”
On the NHL bubble
“The league should have a lot of credit for what they have done,” Jesper explained. “They took the best precautions. It was very well planned, professionally managed and safe for us players.” Fast then when on to explain that they were tested daily and each team had its own floor. “I was skeptical before I went over,” he admitted, “but it was surprisingly good.”
On his future with the Rangers
“We have had discussions, but it is still uncertain how it will go,” Fast said. The question not asked was when those discussions took place. What Fast went on to explain is that he doesn’t expect to have any further discussion until after the draft and right before free agency. “I have to wait that time,” he finished.
On September 1st, I spoke to a source with knowledge of the situation that told me “the window has passed.” This statement and what Fast reveals is that those discussion took place before my article.
“Both me and my wife have really appreciated these seven years in New York,” Fast continued, “I had a good role with the team.” Then his comments seemed to hint that his time with the Rangers was done. “It would have been fun if I got the chance to stay. At the same time, a new role would be exciting. I’m open to anything.”
The 28 year-old was on pace for a career high 35 points before COVID-19 stopped the NHL cold. He finished with 29 points in 69 contests and was the defensive conscience on a line with Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome. He knows that if he hits the market there will be options. “Since I’ve had a good season, I’m sure there are alternatives,” Fast concluded.