So when Viktor Fasth inevitably regresses from his 8-0-0 start with the Anaheim Ducks – his first NHL season, remember – what kind of anchor around his neck will this spiffy new 2-year contract extension become?
He’s already getting comparisons to Brian Elliott, the St. Louis Blues goalie that turned one season in Ken Hitchcock’s system into a 2-year extension worth $3,600,000. He has a 3.57 GAA so far this season and a 3-5-1 record. So, like, no pressure from that contract, eh?
The Ducks have signed goaltender Viktor Fasth to a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
“Viktor has proven himself not only this year in the NHL, but the previous two seasons as the top goaltender in Sweden,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We are pleased to be able to keep him and feel fortunate to have two top NHL goaltenders going forward.”
Fasth, 30 (8/8/82), has appeared in nine contests for Anaheim this season, posting a perfect 8-0-0 record (one no decision) with a 1.78 goals-against average (GAA) and a .933 save percentage (SV%). The 6-0, 186-pound netminder is just the third goaltender in NHL history to win his first eight-or-more career decisions (also Ray Emery with Ottawa, an NHL record 9-0-0 from 2003-05 and Bob Froese with Philadelphia, 8-0-0 in Jan. 1983). Co-leading the NHL in wins, Fasth also ranks sixth in GAA and tied for seventh in SV%. He recorded his first career shutout at Colorado on Feb. 6, stopping all 31 shots he faced in a 3-0 decision. Signed as a free agent on May 21, 2012, Fasth made his NHL debut on Jan. 26, making 19 saves in a 3-2 shootout win over Nashville at Honda Center.
Fasth’s contract is worth $5.8 million; according to Eric Stephens, Fasth will make $2.4 million next season and $3.4 million in 2014-15. That’s a $2.9 million AAV.
Snark aside: Fasth is a proven commodity at 30, and this isn’t a bad deal if you think he can give you what Jonas Hiller has, only cheaper.
And that’s now the big story for the Ducks’ goaltending: What to do with Hiller, who is set to make $4.5 million next season, the last year of his deal?