The Ducks have signed him to a contract extension for two years at $5.8 million total, split into $2.4 million in the first year and $3.4 for the second. Previously, he was under a one-year, $1 million contract with Anaheim. Everyone else in the world has already made the obvious “that was fasth” joke, so I will not.
This signing makes it clear that the Ducks want to keep Fasth on board for a long time and that they expect more good things from him. He and Jonas Hiller combine to form a tandem of goalies who are both just over the age of 30 and both hail from Europe, though Fasth is Swedish and Hiller is Swiss.
But this season so far, Fasth has been the star. He’s won all eight of his decisions so far and did relief work for Hiller on Feb. 8 when he left the game against the Dallas Stars early with an injury. He got his first shutout in his fourth game, has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his games played (including the relief effort) and even though he allowed five goals one time, the Ducks got six and he still earned the win.
While he’s a newcomer to the NHL, Fasth has a long, storied history of doing big things in the Swedish leagues. He’s a two-time winner of the Swedish version of the Vezina Trophy, won the Elitserien’s Hart Trophy equivalent in 2010-11, and was MVP of the 2011 World Championship, even though Sweden lost in the final game that year.
Basically, Fasth has already proven himself in one of the top-tier leagues in the world, so now he’s just doing it again on a different continent.