Viktor Fasth and Richard Bachman (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)
After an abysmal 2014-15 campaign, goaltender Viktor Fasth is reportedly leaving the NHL for the KHL. According to a report, Fasth has signed a contract with CSKA Moscow.
Unrestricted free agent goaltender Viktor Fasth won’t be back in the NHL next season.
According to a report from Sports-Express’ Igor Eronko, Fasth has signed a contract with the KHL’s CSKA Moscow that will take him back overseas for at least the upcoming season. Terms of the reported deal have not been released.
Fasth, 32, had spent the past three seasons in the NHL after establishing himself in Sweden, but it appears his NHL career is coming to a close just about as quickly as it took off with the Anaheim Ducks.
In the off-season prior to the 2012-13 lockout, Fasth signed a one-year deal with the Ducks following a season in which he posted a 2.12 goals-against average and .931 save percentage with the SHL’s Skelleftea AIK. Not expected to be much more than a depth or backup goaltender, Fasth quickly stole the show in the Anaheim crease, starting his career with a 15-6-2 record, four shutouts, a 2.18 GAA and .921 SP.
Before the first season of his NHL career was up, the Ducks had inked Fasth to a two-year, $5.8 million contract extension. That’s where the problems began, however.
The following season, Fasth didn’t start too poorly, but injuries put him on the sideline for much of 2013-14’s opening months. In total, Fasth would miss 52 games in the campaign and saw only five games with the Ducks before being shipped off to the Edmonton Oilers, who were desperate for a fix in goal, in exchange for a pair of draft picks. His luck wasn’t much better in Edmonton.
Between injuries and poor play, Fasth played in only 33 games for the Oilers over the past two seasons, amassing a record of 9-18-4, and his statistics this past season were far from NHL quality. In 26 outings, Fasth recorded no shutouts, a 3.41 GAA and abysmal .888 SP. Of the 47 goaltenders to play at least 1,000 minutes at 5-on-5 in 2014-15, none registered a lower SP than Fasth’s .896.
Even with NHL experience, Fasth likely won’t slide into a starting role with Moscow, especially following the year he had in 2014-15. Instead, Fasth will likely compete with Stanislav Galimov and youngster Ilya Sorokin, both of whom suited up last year for CSKA.