Carl Hagelin

Rangers re-sign Hagelin: two years, $4.5 million


Shortly after locking up restricted free agent defenseman Ryan McDonagh, the Rangers have come to terms with another key RFA — Carl Hagelin.

On Wednesday, the club announced it had signed Hagelin to a two-year, $4.5 million deal with an average annual cap hit of $2.25 million.

According to ESPN’s Katie Strang, the deal will pay $2.1 million in salary next year, and $2.4 in year two. Hagelin did have arbitration rights and was expected to file today.

The new deal will keep the Swedish speedster in New York until 2015, at which time he’ll again be a restricted free agent.

Hagelin, 24, had a solid sophomore campaign in 2013, scoring 24 points in 48 games while averaging a career-high 17:18 TOI.

This came on the heels of an equally impressive rookie campaign, in which he scored 14 goals and 38 points in 64 games, earning a spot at the 2013 NHL All-Star rookie showcase and winning the fastest skater competition.

The biggest development for Hagelin, though, might’ve come during the postseason. After a tough 2011-12 playoff where he only scored three points (zero goals) in 17 games, the former University of Michigan standout scored 3G-3A-6PTS in 12 games this year, and upped his time on ice to 18:06 per contest.

(Of course, there was the whole “stinks on the power play” fiasco.)

With the Hagelin and McDonagh signings complete, the Rangers will now turn their attentions to the remaining RFAs — most notably, center Derek Stepan — and will presumably keep working away at negotiations on an extension for goalie Henrik Lundqvist, set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next year.

Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?

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Does the NHL have a cocaine problem?

TSN caught up with deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who provided some fascinating insight:

“The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they’re going up,” Daly said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis in any sense. What I’d say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you’ve hit a cycle where it’s an ‘in’ drug again.”


Daly said that he’d be surprised  “if we’re talking more than 20 guys” and then touched on something that may be a problem: they don’t test it in a “comprehensive way.”

As Katie Strang’s essential ESPN article about the Los Angeles Kings’ tough season explored in June, there are some challenges for testing for a drug like cocaine. That said, there are also some limitations that may raise some eyebrows.

For one, it metabolizes quickly. Michael McCabe, a Philadelphia-based toxicology expert who works for Robson Forensic, told that, generally speaking, cocaine filters out of the system in two to four days, making it relatively easy to avoid a flag in standard urine tests.

The NHL-NHLPA’s joint drug-testing program is not specifically designed to target recreational drugs such as cocaine or marijuana. The Performance Enhancing Substances Program is put into place to do exactly that — screen for performance-enhancing drugs.

So, are “party drugs” like cocaine and molly an issue for the NHL?

At the moment, the answer almost seems to be: “the league hopes not.”

Daly goes into plenty of detail on the issue, so read the full TSN article for more.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.