In the NY Post, Larry Brooks predicts what the Rangers RFAs will sign for this summer.
- Ryan McDonagh: 4/5 years with a cap hit of $4.5/$5 million per
- Derek Stepan: 4/5 years with a cap hit of $4 million per
- Carl Hagelin: 2/3 years with a cap hit between $1.75 million and $2.5 million
- Mats Zuccarello: 2 years at $1.5 million
Brooks notes that if the Rangers don’t amnesty Brad Richards, and these are around the salaries that they sign their RFAs for, the team will end up bringing back pretty much the same group of forwards.
Scott Cullen of TSN predicts:
- Ryan McDonagh: $4.5 million per season
- Derek Stepan: $4 million per season
- Carl Hagelin: $1 million per season
- Mats Zuccarello: $750K per season
The Hockey News did the same thing recently.
In the latest issue of The Hockey News, Stanley Cup preview, they look at each teams UFAs and RFAs and predict which salary range their next contract will fall in.
For Ryan Clowe, they project his new contract will bring a cap hit of $3-$4 million per season.
They project Roman Hamrlik is projected to have a cap hit of $1-$2 million.
Steve Eminger, Matt Gilroy and Brandon Segal are all projected to get a cap hit between $500K and $1 million.
For the Rangers RFAs, they have:
- Ryan McDonagh: Between $4 million and $5 million.
- Derek Stepan: Between $4 million and $5 million.
- Carl Hagelin: Between $2 million and $3 million
- Mats Zuccarello: Between $1 million and $2 million
Carl Hagelin’s agent spoke with Mattias Ek of Expressen, a newspaper in Sweden, and said that Hagelin is recovering well after shoulder surgery last week and that contract talks between him and the Rangers are looking good.
When translated, Hagelin’s agent said “It looks good, they really want him, so it’s a blast.”
Hagelin’s two-year entry-level deal expires this summer and he will be a restricted free agent. His cap hit was $875,000.
Hagelin had 10 goals and 14 assists this season and had seven of his goals and four assists in 12 February games. He averaged 17:18 per game last season.
In the playoffs, Hagelin had three goals and three assists in 12 games. He had 35 shots, 15 hits and averaged just over 18 minutes a game.
Hagelin said he had no problem with the comments that John Tortorella made about him “stinking” on the power play.
4:35PM: Katie Strang tweets that Hagelin and Callahan are likely to start training camp on the ice, but not taking contact.
3:15PM: The Rangers have announced that both Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan underwent surgery to repair torn labrums in their left shoulders.
The recovery time for Hagelin and Callahan is likely to be 4-5 months which will likely cause them to miss training camp and possibly the start of the season.
Callahan missed time earlier in the season with a left shoulder subluxation.
Marian Gaborik had surgery to repair a torn labrum last year. He had a 5-6 month recovery period.
In 2011, Brandon Prust had surgery to repair a labral tear in late April. He was held out of exhibition games until the end of September. He played in all 82 regular seaosn games that year.
Backhand Shelf has more on these types of injuries.
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According to a report in Swedish paper Expressen, via, Carl Hagelin did not expect John Tortorella to lose his job and was surprised to learn he had been fired.
Hagelin said that he had no issues with Tortorella and that he did not take the comments Tortorella made about Hagelin “stinking” on the power play to heart since he doesn’t see much time on the PP.
Hagelin added that it maybe wasn’t the smartest thing for Tortorella to say, but that the former Rangers coach quickly apologized to Hagelin.
At 8:39 last night, Carl Hagelin scored after a backhand attempt fluttered off of the stick of Johnny Boychuck and past a fallen Tuuka Rask who tripped over himself and left the net open.
The Rangers had eight shots on goal in the second period and five of them came after that goal. Prior to the goal, the Rangers had six shots on goal.
Derek Stepan said on MSG last night that he didn’t know how to explain what happened, but the Rangers found new life when Hagelin’s shot trickled into the net.
With a smile, John Tortorella said that it’s funny how it works sometimes and that the bounce the Rangers got brought them to life.
Henrik Lundqvist told Katie Strang, at ESPN NY, that Hagelin’s goal was probably the “ugliest” one he has ever seen. Lundqvist said that the Rangers seemed to gain energy and confidence from the fluttering shot.
When asked about the play, Rask told the Daily News that his skate dug into the ice and that “it looks pretty bad on TV, I bet.”
The New York Times described the play as “an opposing goaltender sprawled on the ice, decked by an invisible force.”
Over the weekend, John Tortorella said that Carl Hagelin “stinks” on the power play.
Tortorella also said that he loves Hagelin, that he is effective in all other areas of the game and that he is a very important player on the team.
Yesterday, Hagelin responded, in the NY Times, to those comments and said “I definitely don’t think I stink on the power play.”
Hagelin said that he was a little surprised to hear the remarks because he hasn’t spent that much time on the PP this season.
In the playoffs, Hagelin ranks 15th on the Rangers in total power play time with 2 minutes and 37 seconds.
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In the regular season, Carl Hagelin averaged 1:02 on the PP per game and had one goal.
Hagelin has averaged 13 seconds on the PP in the playoffs.
Last season, Hagelin averaged 20 seconds on the PP per game.
John Tortorella was asked yesterday why Hagelin doesn’t see more power play time and said, “…he stinks. Every time I put him on the PP he stinks. I wish I could but he stinks.”
When asked why, Tortorella said that he thinks Hagelin is too quick, “a jitterbug,” and screws up on the PP.
To clarify and make sure everyone understood, Tortorella said “I’m not trying to be a smart ass…he stinks on the PP.”
Tortorella then went on to say that Hagelin does everything else well besides the power play, “I love the guy, he is such an effective player.He is a good player and very important to us. It just hasn’t worked out for him on the power play.”
On Thursday against the Caps, Carl Hagelin scored the only Rangers goal.
Hagelin was also stopped on a breakaway and hit the crossbar in the third period off a feed from Derek Stepan.
Hagelin played 17:15, had four shots on goal, one that was blocked and one that missed the net.
The goal was Hagelin’s first career playoff goal and he told the Daily News that he felt good and understands that he needs to be at a higher level than he was at during the regular season.
Dan Girardi said in Newsday that Hagelin was the best Ranger in game one.
Brian Leetch said that Hagelin was “excellent” on Thursday and was noticeable on every shift.