The Anaheim Ducks announced that they have signed Carl Hagelin to a four-year contract. The financial terms of the deal weren’t revealed by the team, but his new contract is worth $16 million, according to the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens.
Hagelin, 26, was acquired by Anaheim from the New York Rangers in June along with the 59th (Julius Nattinen) and 179th (Garrett Metcalf) overall selections in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. In exchange the Rangers received Emerson Etem and the 41st overall pick (Ryan Gropp).
That move provided the Ducks with the type of speedy forward that Ducks GM Bob Murray craved.
“We can play with some speed now,” Murray said in June. “If you watched Tampa Bay and Chicago [in the Stanley Cup Final], that was pretty quick.
“You see who’s in the finals and you see how we got beat — the speed element of the game is getting bigger and bigger and bigger. So we have to move along with the times, and we got a guy that can really skate.”
Hagelin had 17 goals and 35 points in 82 contests last season. He was a restricted free agent coming off of a two-year, $4.5 million contract.