Carl Hagelin's agent Claes Elefalk recently told Mattias Ek at Expressen that talks with the Rangers on a new contract are going well...
"It looks good, they really want him, so it's a blast."
Elefalk feels that once they formally begin to negotiate, a new deal should be reached in a week.
Hagelin, a RFA, just completed his two-year entry level contract that paid him $875K per year.
...three years, $1.5 million per. Get it done Slats!
...Hagelin was much improved offensively in his sophomore season with the Rangers, but he's still nothing more than a third line player right now and the Rangers shouldn't pay him more than one. If Hagelin can continue to progress the next few years then his first opportunity as a UFA should pay-off handsomely for the speedy Swede.
Hagelin's agent added that his client's shoulder surgery has gone according to plan and will need four to five months of rehab.
...i really don't think the shoulder surgery will have any affect on the contract negotiations as Hagelin is expected to have a full recovery.
...i wouldn't be surprised, however, if he had a slow start to the season after not being able to properly train during the offseason and most likely missing much if not all of camp.
H/T to Alex Nunn at Pro Hockey News.
Great.It's amazing how underated Hags is by some.I have trouble believing they are watching the same player I am.Anyways sign him for whatever, he is only going to get better in all areas.He is a gamebreaker now and will improve until he can carry games on his back.
agree with PharmerBern - Hagelin still most underappreciated Ranger. I'm not gonna say what he should get because I have no idea of the market, but if you don't see the energy he adds to the Rangers every shift he hits the ice, you're not paying attention. People on here are willing to give Clowe about twice what you say Hags will get, and he doesn't come close to having twice the game. The beauty of Hagelin is that he can play with anyone, on any line. He never was advertised as a 1st liner, but boy, when they're struggling, he's the one called upon to get them going and he usually did.
I get how the negotiations work. From a teams standpoint he should be paid like a 3rd line player but he will be a top 6 player some day. I hope this shoulder surgery don't hold him back. The thing about him is his size. He makes up for it with his skating but it'd sure be nice if he'd bulk up and put some weight on. In muscle of course but 10-15 lbs wouldn't hurt him any come playoff time.
You're WAY off calling Hags a third line player. Two reasons I say that: Hags has had multiple good stretches over the two years playing on the top line or second line. When he moved down to the third line mid-season, that's when he disappeared. He's usually put up numbers on the top line. BUT, there's more to it than that. Hags is a catalyst. When you put him on a new line with offensive guys, more of than not those guys get going. He's the ingredient that can make a line click, whether he personally puts up numbers or not. That's the role Hags plays on the Rangers, not a third line role.
You really think he's goona be that good huh? I hope your right. This year I saw him get better with the puck and shoot more. He creates a few chances every game with his skating ability. You ever see him go behind the net and shake a defender by going left and stop go right then stop. I skate and that is just unreal. He does it like 2nd nature to. He improved with the puck this year and was more decisive with it. Took a shot and looked for a rebound. Last year in the playoffs you'd be hard pressed to find him on the ice. This year he was not only a factor but he put up 6 points in 12 games. Not bad for an ever improving Top 6 LW. If he just can work on finishing moves in the summer he can score 20 or more next year. I don't remember him ever scoring on a breakaway. That has to change if he's gonna be an every day top 6 wing under the new coach. He got his spot under Torts because of his hustle and 2 way play. A new coach will want more offensive output from him. Or he's a 3rd liner which he may be too small for a role like that.
That's about what I think he gets. I'm sure Sather will try to start at 1-1.5 mil given the teams finances and his size. It's almost surely gonna be a 2 year bridge deal. Not to nit pick but he's probably getting 2 years 3 to 3.5 mil. 1.5 mil per year is a good contract for him. He's got a few areas he needs to improve on the next 2 years. A new coach may/may not see him in the long term and Sather only offers him 2 years for 1 per. Never know. What about Zuc?
Keep him or no? He can finish well when given a scoring chance. Hagelin is not as good offensively but Zuc isn't the 2 way forward that Hags is.
Calling him a third line player only means that his skills are not in the top six on the team. His style of play does not fit on the third line but that is where his stats and skills put him in terms of ranks on the team.
@PharmerBern Hags can play on any line, he can contribute throughout the lineup, it's a great asset to have. However I don't think he's a consistent 1st liner.
It's just how the negotiations work. Not about his line position, it's about money. He played most of this year and last year in a top 6 role but his overall stats are that of a 3rd liner. He has to work on his breakaway moves. He had too many chances that he couldn't convert. For a guy with his speed he's real bad at it and his failures in those position hurt the team quite a few big spots. His shot was better this year and he scored some big goals with it. The Rangers don't have money to burn this year so he's gonna get what he needs. Nothing more. I hope he's ready in October when the season starts or near there and he's able to improve and this injury don't hold him back.
@cb1 LOL! Yeah, can't imagine the agent really said "ït's a blast."
@Jbianco Thank you @Jbianco.
Is he big enough for a checking line role? He skates so well, I think he suits a second line role. I wish Zuc could be used as a depth player because having both of those 2 little guys in the lineup hurts when playing bigger teams like the Bruins that we will likely have to go through to get to the Finals.
I guess he also said "glen sat directly across from me in informal negotiations and never took his unlite turd out of his mouth"...that one might be translated correctly.