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.

Update: Wisniewski tore ACL 47 seconds into ‘Canes debut

James Wisniewski, John-Michael Liles, Elias Lindholm
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Last night, we passed along news that veteran d-man James Wisniewski — acquired from Carolina at the draft — suffered what looked to be a serious injury just 47 seconds into his ‘Canes debut, and was ruled out for the remainder of the night.

Now, he’s been ruled out for a lot longer than that.

From the club:

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman James Wisniewski will undergo surgery on his left knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Thursday night’s game in Nashville.

Recovery time for the injury is estimated at six months.

This is, obviously, a tough development for both player and club. The ‘Canes were counting on Wisniewski to be a regular contributor on defense this year, and help improve last year’s middle-of-the-pack power play.

Wisniewski, meanwhile, was looking to bounce back from a disappointing ’14-15 campaign. He was shipped out of Columbus at the deadline to Anaheim but never made an impact for the Ducks, failing to see any playoff action as Anaheim made it all the way to the Western Conference final.

Jordan Weal to make NHL debut for Kings

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Two days after an uninspiring performance versus San Jose, the Los Angeles Kings will be getting an injection of youthful enthusiasm tonight versus Arizona.

Coach Darryl Sutter confirmed today that Jordan Weal will make his NHL debut at Staples Center.

A 23-year-old center, Weal is expected to replace Andy Andreoff and skate between Kyle Clifford and Jordan Nolan on the fourth line.

“It’s really exciting,” Weal told LA Kings Insider. “A lot of work has gone into getting to this part of my career, and the hard work’s just going to continue. It’s going to keep going, and I’m trying to do as much as I can in this game and keep improving from this game moving forward in trying to solidify a solid spot in the lineup.”

The 70th overall pick in 2010, Weal had 69 points in 73 games last season for AHL Manchester.

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