Anaheim Ducks sign Swedish goaltender Viktor Fasth
Although a verbal agreement was made at the end of the season, yesterday the Anaheim Ducks made the signing of Swedish goaltender Viktor Fasth official. The signing was announced as a 1 year, 1 way, $1 million contract. Fasth is coming off a great career in the Swedish Elite League, in which he won goaltender of the year for the second time posting up a 2.04 goals against average, and a .934 save percentage.
Although it could take Fasth a little bit of time to adjust to the NHL, and the different rink size the signing of Fasth should be considered as an upgrade in the backup goaltending position which is good news in case of injury or just a need of rest for starting goalie Jonas Hiller. I never expected last seasons back up goalie Dan Ellis to be back, but this pretty much makes it official that Ellis will not be brought back.
This also means that Jeff Deslauriers who will also be on a 1 way deal next season will likely be playing in the AHL next season while getting paid NHL money, or it is possible that the Ducks will trade Deslauriers before the season to avoid having NHL money tied into a player that will be spending most of the season in the minors. Last season most of the starting duties of the Ducks AHL team went to Iiro Tarkki who has already signed a 2 year deal in the KHL. If Deslauriers is kept he would likely be splitting the AHL duties with prospect Igor Bobkov who is coming off of his last season in juniors with the OHL Kingston Frontenacs. The top goalie prospect in the Ducks system John Gibson is likely to return for one more year of juniors with the OHL Kitchener Rangers.