According to this Swedish website, at least, they are. Viktor Fasth, a 28 year old Swedish goalie currently playing for AIK in the Swedish Elite League, is playing for Sweden at the World Championships right now. According to the site, five teams are interested in signing Fasth, including the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Rangers. Fasth won the Honken Trophy, which is the Swedish Elite League’s equivalent of the Vezina Trophy, this season and apparently led a pretty bad team to the playoffs. As a Swedish goalie who is used to willing mediocre teams to a final playoff seed, Fasth would fit in pretty well, I guess.
You have to wonder what’s going on with the Rangers and goaltending. The Rangers have arguably the best goaltending situation in the league right now. We have an annual Vezina candidate in Henrik Lundqvist locked up, and Martin Biron is one of the best backup goaltenders in the NHL. And yet, we’ve already added Jason Missiaen and are apparently looking into adding more goaltenders. Some people might speculate that the Rangers will dangle Biron as trade bait, but that doesn’t pass any logistics test. Biron signed with the Rangers on a two-year deal because he wanted the security of staying in the same place for more than a year, and specifically said on Breakup Day that he was relieved to not have to worry about where he was going to be playing next year. So you know he definitely doesn’t want to leave. Then there’s John Tortorella, who we know was frustrated about not having a capable backup goaltender two seasons ago. There’s no reason to think he or Sather would want to move him. Looks to me like the Rangers are saying bye to Chad Johnson, and want to stick Fasth in the AHL for a year before either grooming him as Henrik’s backup or using him as trade bait. There are certainly other teams Fasth could sign with that provide an easier path to the NHL, but New York is New York, and I can imagine that he’d love to be in the same training camp as Henrik Lundqvist. So you never know.
No idea if he’s related to Rangers prospect Jesper Fasth, but I doubt it. Here’s some video of him.