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Rangers’ Jesper Fast sidelined five months following hip surgery

New York Rangers v Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 18: Jesper Fast #19 of the New York Rangers controls the puck during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 18, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated New York 4-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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The New York Rangers announced on Monday afternoon that forward Jesper Fast underwent a successful labral repair of his left hip, a procedure that is expected to sideline him for at least five months.

Given that recovery time it is pretty much guaranteed that he will not be ready for the start of the 2017-18 regular season.

The 25-year-old Fast appeared in 68 games for the Rangers this past season, scoring six goals to go with 15 assists. He followed that up with a six-point effort (three goals, three assists) in 12 playoff games before the Ranges were eliminated in the second-round by the Ottawa Senators.

Fast is a restricted free agent this season and needs to be signed to a new contract. He could also be a potential target for the Vegas Golden Knights in the upcoming expansion draft where he will almost certainly be left unprotected.

A sixth-round pick by the Rangers in 2010, Fast has developed into a solid depth player that can play all throughout the lineup. He has 22 goals and 43 assists in 216 career games.

The announcement of Fast’s surgery from the Rangers comes just a couple of days after it was revealed that starting goalie Henrik Lundqvist injured his knee at the 2017 World Championships.