Buzz: Would the Rangers consider trading Carl Hagelin for more size?

Carl HagelinLarry 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.

Read: Carl Hagelin so far in January and his spot in the lineup

Carl HagelinCarl 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.

Recap: Carl Hagelin On Making Team Sweden

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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