The Ducks have signed left wing Carl Hagelin
to a four-year contract through the 2018-19 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hagelin, 26 (8/23/88), was acquired from the New York Rangers with second-round (59th overall) and sixth-round (179th overall) selections in the 2015 NHL Draft in exchange for left wing Emerson Etem and a second-round (41st overall) pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Hagelin collected 58-72=130 points with a +57 rating and 132 penalty minutes (PIM) in 266 career NHL games with the Rangers. Hagelin also made four consecutive trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording 12-14=26 points with 39 PIM in 73 games. A native of Sodertalje, Sweden, Hagelin helped his country to a silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. He was also a member of Team Sweden at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship, earning a silver medal in his first major international tournament.
Selected by the Rangers in the sixth round (168th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft, Hagelin was one of three Rangers to appear in all 82 games last season. With 17-18=35 points and a +18 rating, Hagelin tied for third among team leaders in game-winning goals (4), tied for second in even-strength goals (16) and second in shots on goal (185). The 6-0, 186-pound winger set career highs in games and shots, and matched a career best in goals in 2014-15.
Shortly after the announcement, Hagelin, who is currently in Sweden, held a conference call to discuss his four-year contract.
On expectations entering this season
I’m really excited to be a part of the Ducks organization for four years. It’s an exciting time. You look at the roster we have, and there are so many good players. There is a great opportunity to do some big things on this team. I’m extremely motivated. I’m ready to head over there now. I just want to leave right now. I feel like I can start playing hockey.
There will always be pressure in this league. It doesn’t matter what your contract is. As a player, you put a lot of pressure on yourself to do well. I’ve been doing that my whole career. I always put pressure on myself. That’s just the way it is. If you can’t handle pressure, you can’t play in the NHL. I’m extremely excited to get over there and get to know the guys.
I’m a player who tries to bring it every night. That’s going to be the main thing. You’re going to see me doing everything it takes for the team.
On the contract
My agent and the Ducks organization had good talks. It was just a matter of finding the right term and the right number. They made a commitment to me with a four-year deal. For me, it’s the perfect fit. You have some security going into the season feeling wanted and feeling like you can be a big part of the team. It’s one of those deals where they’re committed to me and I’m committed to them.
On his offseason training
The summer is the opportunity to put work in, get stronger and get faster. I just started skating two weeks ago with other NHL guys in Sweden, so overall I’ve had a really good summer. The body feels really good, and I’m 100 percent healthy. I’m ready to go. Summer is great because I go back home to Sweden to see my family and friends, and gain some energy for the season.