The New York Rangers reportedly have cleared injured forward Carl Hagelin for contact. The New York Post reports that Hagelin, 25, is expected to resume practicing in full this week with a target return date of Oct. 29 against the New York Islanders.
Hagelin underwent shoulder surgery in the summer and missed the entire preseason in addition to the Rangers' first five games. Oct. 29 is the earliest he can be activated after the Rangers placed him on long-term injured reserve at the start of the regular season.
Hagelin had 10 goals and 24 points in 48 games last season, and six points in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He averaged 17:18 of ice time during the regular season and more than 18 minutes per game during the playoffs.
It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.
— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6