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.”
2:33PM: Henrik Lundqvist said today (Rangers Report): “when you get hit in the face like that and we score two goals, you can deal with it…it’s pretty good. It seems like this year his face is a magnet…I don’t know how many times during the year he has gotten hit with the puck. Normally I would feel bad for him but yesterday he can take one for the team, I think.
10:20AM: Carl Hagelin drew a double minor in the third period last night when the Flyers Jason Akeson of the Flyers saw his stick smack Hagelin across the face and cut Hagelin’s lip.
Hagelin said that Akeson got him “pretty good” but that he will take it. (CBC)
He added, “you are ready to take one for the team, especially when it’s tied and we find a way to score, it’s a good feeling. (SNY)
Akeson said after the game that he went to hit Hagelin, his back leg swung out and his stick came out. He added that it was unfortunate and that he certainly wasn’t going out there to take a four minute PP. Akeson said that it was a “sick feeling” watching the Rangers score. (CBC)
4:27PM: Larry Brooks writes that the injury to Chris Kreider has shown that the Rangers don’t have enough NHL ready depth to fill their lineup. He says that JT Miller appears to be the only top-nine forward ready to play in the NHL and he will be scratched for the second straight game. (NY Post)
2:05PM: Yesterday at the Rangers practice in Vancouver, Carl Hagelin was skating on a line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash. (Steve Zipay)
Alain Vigneault said that he was about 80% sure that that trio would start the game together against the Canucks and that putting Hagelin with Stepan and Nash allows them to replicate the speed they lost with Chris Kreider’s injury. (NY Post)
With Hagelin moving up, Dominic Moore took some rushes with Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis as did Derek Dorsett. (NY Post)
Moore, who was a teammate of St. Louis’ in Tampa Bay, said that he knows how St. Louis wants to play and that because of their past as teammates he may be able to help St. Louis break out a bit. (Daily News)
Last night against Winnipeg, Carl Hagelin scored a hat trick after being put on a line with Brad Richards and Benoit Pouliot.
Dave Maloney said after the game, “24 hours ago we were talking about Carl Hagelin and how he was moving around, had a meeting on the off day with the coach about going to the net and needing to be a better player causing things to happen in the offensive zone. Tonight he has 3 on the books.
Prior to last night Hagelin only had one goal in his past 13 games.
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Sweden beat Slovenia 5-0 to move on in the Olympics.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 of 19 shots to pick up his second shutout of the Olympics.
Carl Hagelin scored two goals in the third period and played a total of 12:28.
Hagelin had two shots, was a plus two and played 3:54, 3:08 and 5:26.
Sweden will play the winner of Russia/Finland.
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Mats Zuccarello is also riding a bike around Sochi.