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Niklas Hagman heads to KHL

Jul 11, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

Niklas Hagman AP

It looks like Niklas Hagman is headed to Russia.

According to RIA out of  Russia (via Kukla’s), Hagman has signed a deal with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL. Hagman finished last season with nine goals and 14 assists playing for both Calgary and Anaheim finishing the season with the Ducks. Lokomotiv is returning to the KHL after the air tragedy that saw the entire team killed in a plane crash last year.

If you’ll remember, he was one of the key components of the now infamous Dion Phaneuf trade between the Flames and Maple Leafs. Hagman along with Matt Stajan, Jamal Mayers, and Ian White went to Calgary in exchange for Phaneuf. Now only Stajan remains in Calgary. That deal didn’t exactly pay off.

  1. mydadyourmom - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Noooooooooo.

  2. mclovinhockey - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    The NHL may not be losing any all star talent, but depth players are the guys who wins cups, and pretty much that’s all that’s been leaving.

  3. broadstbully33 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Another one bites the dust…

  4. fellatemysoupcan - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    soup can army

  5. jpelle82 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    money talks

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    From a Flames fan’s standpoint obviously this trade was horrible, made worse by the contract extension (with no trade clause) that Sutter gave to Stajan. But if you look at it from the Leafs standpoint they got two players the first was Keith Aulie, when they first got him you’d think they traded for a young Nik Lidstrom the way their fans were going on…he’s since been dealt in a minor deal to Florida.

    And then obviously the other player was Dion Phaneuf and while I do concede that he’s been the best player in the trade (by a huge margin!) I would also say that the initial thoughts of Phaneuf being a Scott Stevens type player (young Stevens when he was putting up big offensive numbers) Phaneuf has really ended up being more of a Phil Housley, good offensive defenseman who doesn’t skate the best and is limited defensively because of that…although in that he still does compare to Stevens with his physical play.

    • jrsaffell - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Aulie was traded to Tampa for Carter Ashton. So I guess after suffering through Aulie the Leafs got something good in return. Ashton looked great as soon as he suited up for the Buds.

      Phaneuf…

      …Mother of God, he’s terrible. The only Dman to make more mistakes last year was Schenn. He also gets paid too much and is a poor excuse for a captain.

      Phaneuf can produce some points here and there, but really, that trade was a two way bust.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        I would agree with you about everything (except for Ashton just cause I haven’t seen him play) but the fact that Phaneuf is the captain is quite odd to me. He was really disliked in the Calgary dressing room, and according to Ray Ferraro the way players talk to him at ice level is almost akin to bullying. He seems to be the poster child for a player who got fame and fortune too quickly and let it go to his head and quit working on developing.

        We’ll never know what really happened in the Flames locker room (there are rumors out there) but there’s a reason he went from Sutter saying that teams had a better chance of trading for one of his kids than getting Phaneuf to being dealt in a hurry for relatively little in return.

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