Through two games, the line of Carl Hagelin, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello has:
- Hagelin: minus 2, 6PIM, 3 shots, 14:38 per game. On ice for 17 shot attempts for, 25 against. (HS)
- Brassard: minus 3, 1 shot, 15:49 per game, 48.6% on faceoffs. On ice for 15shot attempts for, 23 against. (HS)
- Zuccarello: minus 4, 9PIM, 4 shots, 15:27 per game. On ice for 17 shot attempts for, 25 against. (HS)
Zuccarello said after the game last night, “we haven’t been good enough in both games. We need to step it up, contribute more offensively and there is no excuse there, we need to play better.” (NYR)
He added, “we gotta step it up, our line, we need to contribute more. Tonight our line didn’t show up and we didn’t play well in the last game either, so two bad games isn’t good enough.” (NYR)
Henrik Lundqvist has spent a lot of time at the US Open.
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Carl Hagelin is training in Sweden with a bunch of NHLers and an upcoming Swedish trainer who is generating interest in the Swedish Hockey League as well as the NHL. (Expressen)
Players that Hagelin is training with include Niklas Kronwall, Gabriel Landeskog, Johnny Oduya, Magnus Paajarvi, Patric Hornqvist and Jacob Josefson. (Expressen)
Carl Hagelin is in the final year of his two-year bridge contract that pays him $2.4 million this season.
Hagelin is the Rangers best chance at a player “breaking out” in his fourth-year but a “break out” for Hagelin would be hitting 50 points. Hagelin has the speed and may be on a line to score but he doesn’t have the hands of a “star scorer.” (Dobber Hockey)
Hagelin had 17 goals and 16 assists last season and has a career .52 points per game. (HR)
He is projected to score 18 goals and 22 assists this season (Dobber) and 16 goals and 18 assists (The Hockey News Pool Guide).
Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello are in Norway for a charity game that Zuccarello put together and the two were asked about the Rangers buyout of Brad Richards.
Hagelin said that the buyout has nothing to do with Richards as a person or player and everything to do with the salary cap. He says that Richards is an “amazing” guy who has helped him a lot. Hagelin said that it’s “sad” but how the business of hockey works. He said that Richards won’t have trouble finding a job. (VG)
Hagelin said that the Rangers were “forced” to make this move to be able to have enough money to sign players like Zuccarello, Anton Stralman, Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot. He says that now these players can “get what they deserve.”(VG)
Zuccarello said that Richards is a good teammate, good friend and that losing him is a “shame.” (VG)
Zuccarello said that he doesn’t think much about money but wants to stay with the Rangers and find a way to make it work. (VG)
From Kenny Albert: “Great job by Mats Zuccarello – hosting charity game Friday in Norway to benefit #RightToPlay. Carl Hagelin on hand as well.”