Viktor Fasth has made a very quick impression on the Ducks in a very short period of time. Fasth, who has won in all eight of his consecutive starts, was given a two year contract extension worth $5.8 million.
Fasth was signed last May by the Ducks. He was relatively unknown here, but at age 30, he had proven himself a solid goaltender in Sweden.
"Viktor has proven himself not only this year in the NHL but the previous two seasons as the top goaltender in Sweden," said Ducks GM Bob Murray. "We are pleased to be able to keep him and feel fortunate to have two top NHL goaltenders going forward."
While it was initially thought that Fasth would be a capable back up for Jonas Hiller, it appears that they are more of a 1A and 1B tandem.
With Hiller back in net, the Ducks sent Jeff Deslauriers to the Fort Wayne Comets (ECHL) so that he could get some playing time. Norfolk currently has Fredrik Andersen and Igor Bobkov sharing netminding responsibilities. Deslauriers backed up Fasth for a few games while Hiller was recovering from a groin strain.
Also getting reassigned was Nate Guenin. Guenin was sent back to Norfolk. He was called up last week, but did not see playing time with the Ducks during that period.
Hampus Lindholm also took the flight to Norfolk. The 2012 first round draft pick had been suffering from a concussion and was recuperating with the Ducks. Now that he is will enough, he goes back to the Ducks AHL affiliate.