Larry Brooks wonders if the Rangers, even though speed on the wing has become a strength, would consider moving Carl Hagelin to add a bit more size and strength. (NY Post)
A player he mentions, who would add that size and strength, would be Winnipeg Jets captain, and two-time Stanley Cup winner, Andrew Ladd. (NY Post)
Ladd, a left wing, is 6-3, 205 has 10 goals, 22 assists, 91 hits and two more years after this season on his contract at $4.4 million.
The 91 hits would be third on the Rangers behind Chris Kreider (108) and Brian Boyle (97). Ladd plays 19:18 a game and almost 2 minutes a night on the PK.
Adam Rotter: Hagelin is a very valuable and effective top-nine forward for the Rangers and they are not shopping him, but if they are to make a deal to get a quality player, a guy like a Ladd or Evander Kane or Yakupov or anyone, they will likely need to give him up. You can’t acquire top-six forwards for a Michael Del Zotto/JT Miller package, you need to give an NHL player who can make an immediate impact and Hagelin is that guy.
The Rangers have three top-nine wingers over 6-3 and three top-nine wingers 5-11 and under. I don’t think the Rangers will trade Hagelin this season and will go into the playoffs with what they have at forward and see if their speed, forechecking game can carry them.
Carl Hagelin followed up a five goal and five assists (in 15 game) November with a four goal and 0 assist (in 14 games) December.
So far, in four January games, Hagelin has two goals and an assist, is a plus two and is playing 16:52 per game.
Hagelin has 11 goals on the season, 4 of which are game winners and 14 of his 18 points are primary points.
Hagelin has been skating lately with Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan.
Adam Rotter: Right now Carl Hagelin is on one of the Rangers two “second lines.” His line and the line of Mats Zuccarello, Benoit Pouliot and Derick Brassard have around the same even strength averages over the last three games, between 13 and 14 minutes a night. Alain Vigneault distributes ice time much more evenly than John Tortorella did and the Rangers have enough depth at forward now to allow them to have a top-nine and not just a top-six. The determination of which line is really “the second line” is ultimately determined by which players the opponent puts out against them. One line will face the opponent second line and second pair defense and the other will face the third line pairings. Either way, both lines have enough talent to be able to create positive matchups against lesser players.
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Carl Hagelin spoke this morning about being selected to his first Olympic games:
- On his thoughts heading into today’s announcement, “I knew in the summer that I was on the roster of 35 that had a chance. I hadn’t spoken to any of the coaches. I know they came to one game and said that it looked good. I was hoping to make it and it’s a huge honor to make Team Sweden.”
- On his development as a player after the Olympics, “It will give me a lot of experience. You get to play with and against the best players in the world so for me this is the first time that I will play with the national team at this level, World Juniors was the last time I played for Sweden. I am excited and will learn a lot from this.”
- On the roster, “Even when we had the orientation, you get to know a lot of the guys. It’s a lot of stars on the team. We have the Sedins, Zetterberg, Backstrom and Hank in net. On D we have Karlsson. It’s a great team and I am looking forward to it.”
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Carl Hagelin has played in 18 games this season and has five goals and five assists.
Hagelin picked up eight points in his first seven games. He only has 3 points in his last 11.
He has a goal and an assist in his last four games and also went 5 games between points and he only had one point during an eight game stretch.
Hagelin told the Daily News today that he isn’t worried about which line he plays on and that he knows that if he plays better he will get more time.
Alain Vigneault told the Daily News that Hagelin can be effective with his speed but, like the rest of the team, has been a little inconsistent lately. Vigneault added that he is sure Hagelin’s game will come back around and he will help the team.
Adam Rotter: When it comes to scoring, Hagelin scores in bunches and then periodically in-between. Last year he had 11 in 12 February games, he has 20 points in 25 career February games, but his career average is .56 points per game. Hagelin, I think, is more effective on the third line and as PKer than he is playing on the top line consistently. He still gets a chance to chip in offensively in a top-nine role and when he gets hot he can move up and play in a more offensively focused on role. Hagelin’s two-way game, forechecking and speed are what make him an effective player. He can do a lot more to help the team than just score goals.
In the six games that Carl Hagelin has played this season he has points in five of them, 2-goal games in two of them and a total of seven points.
On MSG, after the win over the Blue Jackets, Joe Micheletti said that Hagelin’s impact has been “huge” and that he is surprised at how well Hagelin is playing after missing the start of the year and not having much practice time.
According to Extra Skater, six of Hagelin’s seven points are primary points and that he has been on the ice for 94 Rangers shot attempts for and 67 shot attempts against.
Hagelin has also been on the ice, at 5 on 5, for 53 Rangers shots on goal for and 37 against. 47.8% of his shifts start in the offensive zone, 33.3% start in the neutral zone and 18.8% start in the defensive zone.
In his return to the lineup last night, Carl Hagelin played 17:15 on a line with Brad Richards and Benoit Pouliot.
Hagelin played 4:09 in the first period, 6:01 in the second period and 7:05 in the third period with 1:45 on the PK.
He assisted on the game winning goal, had one shot attempt (missed), 1 hit, one giveaway, one takeaway and one blocked shot. He also took two slashing penalties.
According to Extra Skater, at even strength Hagelin was on for 10 shot attempts for, 11 against and 5 shots on goal for and 3 against.
On MSG, Hagelin told John Giannone that he felt good, his conditioning was fine, he had his legs but that there were small details that he struggled with. He added that those struggles are expected for a first game of the season after injury.
Richards said on MSG that Hagelin brings another dimension to the Rangers with his speed and Chris Kreider said “whenever you get a player like Carl on the lineup everyone is excited. He is such a jitterbug and is flying around.”
Alain Vigneault said that the team was happy with how Hagelin played in his first game of the season and John Giannone said that Hagelin got some congratulations from Glen Sather after the game.
In a chat with the Rangers website, Carl Hagelin said that he is ready to go and just waiting on word from the coaches on whether he will be in the lineup against the Islanders.
He said, “right now we are five guys skating on the ice with Benoit Allaire and he said that we should all be ready to take warmup tonight. That is the latest that I have heard.”
Hagelin said that it’s a special feeling knowing that he could return to the lineup tonight and said:
- “I expect to be in good condition, stronger than last year, and getting into the habits on the ice and not thinking too much. Not thinking where to be, it takes a few games to get back to doing what you are good at.”
- On wanting to make a difference, “that is what I am thinking before the game, I want to make a difference on the PK, scoring a goal or being a good team player. Every night I try to do my job and if I play tonight I will play my game, create offense and force turnovers.”
Following the Rangers tenth game tonight, Carl Hagelin will be eligible to return to the Rangers lineup as the 10 games and 24 days needed to stay on LTIR expires.
Alain Vigneault said today, via Andrew Gross, that he is only focused on tonight and will decide on what will happen with Hagelin tomorrow.
Hagelin told Gross that he is ready to re-join the Rangers lineup, wants to play but understands that the decision will fall to the coaching staff.
Hagelin added that if the Rangers win tonight he would be surprised if Vigneault decides to go with the same lineup.
Hagelin has been taking contact and has been feeling better for some time now.