On Friday afternoon, the Anaheim Ducks officially announced the signing of RFA and former Rangers favorite Carl Hagelin to a four-year deal
The uncircumstance of Carl Hagelin not being signed to a contract was layed to rest today.
On the Anaheim Ducks team official twitter account, a deal had been struck between the team and the Swedish speedster.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) August 14, 2015
Hagelin was traded to the Ducks at the NHL Entry Draft this past June.
In exchange, the New York Rangers received struggling prospect Emerson Etem, who had been up and down between the big club and it’s AHL affiliate, Norfolk Admirals throught his career with the Ducks.
The trade was perhaps spurned by the Rangers tightness to the NHL salary cap. With so many high-priced players on the roster for the following season, something had to give.
Unfortunately, it came at Hagelin’s expense. He was going to be needing a new contract and a pay raise.
For the past two-years, he was being paid 2.25 million a year to remain with the Rangers. With Anaheim, he gets an extended term (four years) and a bump in pay of near two million. Steve Zipay, who covers the Rangers for newsday.com, reported the details of Hagelin’s new contract on twitter.
So four years, $16 mil for Hagelin from the Ducks. Averaged $2.25 m in each of last two years with Rangers. — Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) August 14, 2015
The numbers of the contract were confirmed by ocregister.com.
With his signing done, the Ducks are set to enter training camp with no lingering questions about contracts.
In June, they signed last season’s trade acquisition of Ryan Kesler to a six-year deal.
And, earlier this month, they locked up fellow RFA and Swedish countryman Jakob Silfverberg to his own four-year contract.
This ends any doubts that the Ducks want Hagelin to be a part of their future plans. And hopefully, brings closure to Rangers fans yearning for him to return.
“I’m a two way player and someone who will bring it every night. I want to do whatever I can to help the team.”- Carl Hagelin, @AnaheimDucks
The first opportunity for the Swede to return to Madison Square Garden will be December 22.
Make sure to bring plenty of Kleenexes to that game, because it’s going be flooding with tears.
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