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Rangers re-sign Hagelin: two years, $4.5 million

Jul 10, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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Shortly after locking up restricted free agent defenseman Ryan McDonagh, the Rangers have come to terms with another key RFA — Carl Hagelin.

On Wednesday, the club announced it had signed Hagelin to a two-year, $4.5 million deal with an average annual cap hit of $2.25 million.

According to ESPN’s Katie Strang, the deal will pay $2.1 million in salary next year, and $2.4 in year two. Hagelin did have arbitration rights and was expected to file today.

The new deal will keep the Swedish speedster in New York until 2015, at which time he’ll again be a restricted free agent.

Hagelin, 24, had a solid sophomore campaign in 2013, scoring 24 points in 48 games while averaging a career-high 17:18 TOI.

This came on the heels of an equally impressive rookie campaign, in which he scored 14 goals and 38 points in 64 games, earning a spot at the 2013 NHL All-Star rookie showcase and winning the fastest skater competition.

The biggest development for Hagelin, though, might’ve come during the postseason. After a tough 2011-12 playoff where he only scored three points (zero goals) in 17 games, the former University of Michigan standout scored 3G-3A-6PTS in 12 games this year, and upped his time on ice to 18:06 per contest.

(Of course, there was the whole “stinks on the power play” fiasco.)

With the Hagelin and McDonagh signings complete, the Rangers will now turn their attentions to the remaining RFAs — most notably, center Derek Stepan — and will presumably keep working away at negotiations on an extension for goalie Henrik Lundqvist, set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next year.

  1. nysportsrule - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Good, now sign Stepan already!

  2. stakex - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Hagelin is a solid player and I’m happy to see the Rangers keep him, though I do feel he is a bit over rated. He has a ton of speed, but his offensive skills aren’t all that great. He generated so many chances last year with his speed, but couldn’t find the back of the net if his life depended on it. Not to mention his puck moving ability leaves something to be desired. All the speed in the world will only take you so far if you can’t pass or score very well.

    Truth be told that unless his offensive skills seriously develop under AV, I see Hagelin being nothing more then a good 3rd line player for the rest of his career… and not the first line star a lot of people seem to think he is.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      In Hagelin’s defense, there weren’t many players at all finding the back of the net while wearing a Rangers uniform the last 2 years. A 2.25 million cap hit isn’t too shabby at all. I watched him play a lot last year (Swedish roommates obsessed with Lundqvist and the Rangers)and think he’s well worth that.

    • jkay1818 - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      You couldn’t be more wrong.

    • nicknyhc - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      If Drury, Gaborik, Nash, and Richards couldn’t produce superstar numbers with Torts coaching, is it fair to expect a guy playing on the third line to?

  3. c1md6 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    What are you talking about, hagelins averaged .55 pts per game as a third liner with limited icetime and in an anti goal scoring system. Great move by the Rangers and under AV I expect big things from hags.

  4. DED - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    This is about what I expected them to sign him for and for how long (I expected $2.5/yr for 2 years). Hagelin has shown a lot of promise (more IMO than DZ) but hasn’t quite delivered (not many Rangers have of late), but I blame the system he played under. He’s only 24 so I’m not giving up on him. I’m hoping a new coach and a full training camp with bring out the best in him. If he excels, then the Rangers will reward him in two years, if not, both are free to go their separate ways.

  5. homerx - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Good signing, much better than keeping Richards on the books.

  6. thibbledorfpwent - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM

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