New York Hockey: Jesper Fast

Rangers set opening-day roster

September, 29, 2013
The Rangers have whittled their number to 24 with a final round of cuts that pares the club down to its opening-day roster.

Among the notable names cut were Chris Kreider, Marek Hrivik, Stu Bickel, Oscar Lindberg and Darroll Powe, all of whom have been assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League. Also assigned to Hartford: defenseman Conor Allen and forward Brandon Mashinter.

That means a few newcomers -- Swedish winger Jesper Fast and defenseman Justin Falk -- earned spots with the club after impressing Alain Vigneault and his staff during training camp. Remember, though, that both Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin are expected to miss the first few weeks of the season as they rehab shoulder injuries.

Here is your final opening-day roster:

Forwards (15): Arron Asham, Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard, Ryan Callahan, Derek Dorsett, Jesper Fast, Carl Hagelin, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Benoit Pouliot, Taylor Pyatt, Brad Richards, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello.

Defensemen (7): Michael Del Zotto, Justin Falk, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, John Moore, Marc Staal, Anton Stralman

Goaltenders (2): Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist

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In other Rangers news, recently-signed restricted free agent Derek Stepan is slated to skate with the team Sunday for the first time since inking a two-year, $6.15 million deal on Thursday.

Sunday scrimmage roster and lines

September, 15, 2013
The Rangers' Sunday scrimmage begins at 11 a.m. Below are the lines for Team A and Team B:


Benoit Pouliot - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello
Taylor Pyatt - Oscar Lindberg - Jesper Fast
Micheal Haley - Dominic Moore - Derek Dorsett
Brandon Mashinter - Michael St. Croix - Josh Nicholls

Ryan McDonagh- Dan Girardi
John Moore - Anton Stralman
Conor Allen - Tommy Hughes
Brendon Nash

Martin Biron
Johan Hedberg


Chris Kreider - Brad Richards - Rick Nash
Marek Hrivik - Brian Boyle - Danny Kristo
Ryan Bourque - Darroll Powe - Arron Asham
Andrew Yogan - Michael Kantor - Shawn O'Donnell

Marc Staal - Michael Del Zotto
Aaron Johnson - Danny Syvret
Justin Falk - Dylan McIlrath

Henrik Lundqvist
Cam Talbot

*** J.T. Miller is out with a hamstring injury; he is expected to miss the Rangers' first two exhibition games as well.

Zuke to meet Rangers in Ottawa

March, 27, 2013
Mats Zuccarello, who earlier this week agreed to terms on a one-year deal for the rest of the NHL season, will meet the Rangers in Ottawa on Wednesday, the team confirmed.

The Rangers face the Senators on Thursday night -- the second stop on a three-game road trip that began with Tuesday's 5-2 win in Philadelphia -- although Zuccarello cannot skate or play until his release from the Kontinetal Hockey League becomes official. As of Wednesday morning, he had yet to receive his official release.

Zuccarello is flying directly to Ottawa from his native Norway.

Jesper Fast might be able to meet the team in Ottawa as well, though he remains in New York for the time being. Fast must undergo a physical Wednesday.

The 21-year-old winger has been granted a leave from the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation and it is believed he is under no restrictions should he remain with the Rangers and play in the NHL. Fast is a potential candidate for the World Championships in May, but will have to denounce his invitation to participate if he is to stay with the Rangers.

Neither Zuccarello nor Fast requires waivers to play.

Rangers agree to terms with Fast

May, 29, 2012
The Rangers have agreed to terms with 20-year-old Swedish forward Jesper Fast, the team announced in a press release Tuesday.

The former sixth-round draft pick recorded five goals and 11 assists in 21 games for HV71 of the Swedish Elite League this season.