Former New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin remains unsigned by the Anaheim Ducks, justifying his trade out of New York back in June.

By Ernie DeFalco

Fans of the New York Rangers expressed disappointment when General Manager Jeff Gorton traded away the rights of Carl Hagelin.

However, considering Hagelin has yet to sign a contract with the Anaheim Ducks further proves the New York Rangers made the correct decision by dealing him.

As the start of camp nears it will be interesting to see how these negotiations go. Recently, the Ducks re-signed Jakob Silfverberg to a four year deal worth 15 million dollars (3.75 million per).1rangers2

Upon hearing that news, the “Rangers Goal Song” certainly went off in Hagelin’s head, as it would be safe to assume he is worth at least that.

Hagelin is a nice player. But a four million dollar a year player? Probably not.

He does a lot of good things on the ice.  But he does seem to disappear for stretches at time.

Another knock against him is that his scoring touch has yet to come around like the Rangers had hoped.  He averages just shy of 0.5 points per game.  While numbers are not everything, we are talking about a winger, not a center.  Wingers who want to make near four million per, must be able to contribute more offensively.  There are lots of cheaper options who provide quality penalty killing.

The Rangers were smart to move on.

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