Hurricanes’ Fast, Staal and Niederreiter make up one of NHL’s top lines

RALEIGH, NC – They’ve been talked about all year, but the Hurricanes’ line of Nino Niederreiter, Jordan Staal and Jesper Fast has been as impactful as the Bruins’ Perfection Line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand through five games of the Boston-Carolina first round series.

So why not dive a little deeper into the Hurricanes’ shutdown line. Since the line is known for its nonstop work ethic, we’ll adopt that “W” and call them the NSFW Line.

It all starts with Carolina’s captain.

One could call Staal a unicorn, but he’s more like a mix between a Clydesdale and a unicorn.

Jesper Fast agrees to 3-year, $6 million deal with Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. — One of the Rangers leaders the last couple of seasons now has a new team.

The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to a deal with right wing Jesper Fast on a three-year contract.

The team announced the agreement Saturday, saying it would the deal will have an average annual value of $2 million through the 2022-23 season. Carolina president and general manager Don Waddell called Fast “an intelligent, versatile player who fits the mold” of how the Hurricanes play under Rod Brind’Amour.

Quickie Gives Rangers a Steady Spark

NEW YORK, NY – Jesper Fast is not one of the new faces around the Rangers’ room in 2019-20, and he is the kind of player who will be happy to cede the headlines to teammates, new or old. It’s not as if the Rangers are just getting to know, or trying to integrate, the right winger. On the contrary: It is Fast’s familiar, workmanlike consistency and versatility that is a major reason he has been so highly esteemed throughout his seven seasons as a Ranger.

“This is a guy that is a model teammate, he’s a guy you want to coach,” David Quinn said on Monday. “Never takes a day off, physically and mentally. His teammates have an incredible amount of respect for him. He’s incredibly likeable. There’s not a lot not to like about this guy as a person and a player.”

Jesper Fast Selected as Recipient of NYR Players’ Player Award for 3rd Year in a Row

NEW YORK, NY – For the third year in a row, Jesper Fast has been selected as the recipient of the Players’ Player Award for the 2017-18 season.

This is an annual award given to the player “who best exemplifies what it means to be a team player” as determined by his teammates.

The last Ranger to win the Award three years in a row was Ryan Callahan from 2010-13.

Fast’s Leadership for Rangers Predates ‘A’ on Sweater

NEW YORK, NY – Alain Vigneault said simply Jesper Fast is not the type of player a coach has a difficult time managing.

“For a coach, he’s not a hard guy to deal with,” Vigneault said of his utility winger, who following a plethora of injuries has worn an ‘A’ on his jersey the last four games.

While the absences to the likes of alternate captain Marc Staal and Ryan McDonagh played a role in the addition on Fast’s sweater, it goes far beyond that. Watch any of Fast’s 1,075 shifts this season and you’ll see a common thread: effort.

“Everything I do I try and lead by example, on the ice and off the ice,” Fast told on Friday. “Just try and be the best player and best team player I can be.”

“I take pride in the hard work and I try and give every night.”

Since he arrived in New York, Vigneault has stressed the luxury of having players in the lineup who can plug in different roles, and arguably no one has done that more during Vigneault’s tenure on Broadway. The winger has been used as a top-six forward as well as in checking role, and has been one the team’s best penalty killers since he became a regular with the Rangers during the 2014-15 campaign when he appeared in 58 games.

Jesper Fast doing it all for Rangers

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Right wing Jesper Fast could be considered the New York Rangers’ version of a Swiss Army Knife; he can do it all.

If a top-nine forward is struggling, losing focus in the defensive end or in need of a wake-up call, Fast will be called upon to replace him.

If a line is losing its chemistry, Fast will be put on it.