The Washington Capitals and forward Carl Hagelin agreed to a four year, $11 million contract. The contract extension will have an average annual value of $2.75 million. Hagelin, 30, was traded to the Capitals on Feb. 21 from the Los Angeles Kings, who acquired him from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 14, 2018. He was all over the map in the 2018-2019 season, but finished the season with 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists) in 58 games.
“We feel this move provides us with financial flexibility as we look for additional ways to strengthen our team. In addition, we are pleased to welcome Radko to our organization. Radko is a good defensive defenseman that plays a competitive, physical game.”
– GM Brian MacLellan
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 14, 2019
What can Hagelin contribute to the Caps?
Hagelin is a fast, two-way forward that can specialize in penalty kill. He averaged 2:21 minutes on the penalty kill was best among Capitals players. His 237:14 minutes of penalty kill time in the playoffs is seventh-best among active forwards in the NHL.
Capitals: Carl Hagelin $2.75M x 4 years
Fair deal for a strong bottom six play-driver, especially if he maintains his production from Washington, but term is a bit concerning for his age. pic.twitter.com/2bfqLyYfaC
— dom luszczyszyn (@domluszczyszyn) June 16, 2019
The Swedish-native is a two-time Stanley Cup winner (2016, 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins) and has 48 points (22 goals, 26 assists) in 128 career playoff games. The Capitals early playoff exit in the first-round against the Carolina Hurricanes soured expectations. The Capitals want to bring the Stanley Cup back to the district. Hagelin playoff experience and productivity can help a lot for the Capitals.
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4 years, $2.75M AAV
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 16, 2019
Hagelin played in 546 career games with the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Los Angeles Kings. He totaled 241 points (93g, 148a) with these teams. The Rangers’ selected Hagelin as a sixth-round pick (168th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft.
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