Need for Speed: Why the Rangers Must Re-Sign Carl Hagelin

This postseason, the New York Rangers have some serious thinking to do when it comes to personnel. They have multiple players who will become free agents, some of which who are quite valuable. One of the names on top of that list is the speedy Swedish winger, Carl Hagelin. 

Hagelin has been a mainstay with on Broadway since entering the league back in the 2011-2012 season. This past season, he recorded seventeen goals and thirty-five points. His lightning like speed is one of the reasons he has become so effective for the Blueshirts. He blows past the defense on opposing teams and his quickness among the boards makes him extremely difficult to defend.

Hagelin has also become one of the best penalty-killers in the league and averaged about 1:57 of ice time shorthanded per game this year. He plays along side center Dominic Moore on the top penalty killing unit and both have become two of the best defensive forwards in the game.

Since the 2011-2012 season, Hagelin has played in 266 regular season games and tallied fifty eight goals and a hundred and thirty points. He is usually one to raise his game during the playoff, however, this post season was somewhat disappointed for the 26 year old winger. He had two goals and five points in nineteen games. His last goal was the series clinching goal in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first series.

As of today, Hagelin has a $2.25 million salary and is due to receive a raise. When he is playing with confidence Hagelin is also one of the best forecheckers in the game. He is very competitive, fast, and has a great hockey sense and other assets that make him an invaluable part of this core. While he may not have the best stick handling skills, Hagelin makes up for what he lacks with his blistering speed. Any line he has been put on since coming to the team, he has instantly developed chemistry. His line last postseason with Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis were one of the most effective lines for the Rangers.

This year, he has seen multiple linemates with the center remaining mainly the same, Kevin Hayes. He has played with Jesper Fast and St. Louis among a few others and when his line gets going, they are able to keep the play alive in the offensive zone. Due to his agility and swiftness along with his linemates, they are able to keep the puck behind the opposing team’s net and create scoring chances and grind down the opposition.

Losing Hagelin would be a big blow for the core of the Rangers team. He brings so much to the table and has certainly become one of the head coach’s, Alain Vigneault’s, most trusted players in any defensive situation. Unfortunately due to the cap issues, General Manager Glen Sather may be forced to let Hagelin go. If the Rangers let St. Louis walk, that would clear up around $5.265 million which can help to resign the top restricted agents first.

The idea situation would allow the Rangers to resign Hagelin and Stepan, but due to the cap situation, the front office will have to crunch the numbers. Lets hope that it all works out and Hagelin stays on Broadway for a long time.

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