The Washington Capitals have made their first deal ahead of the trade deadline.
GM Brian MacLellan has acquired Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings for a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the Kings will retain 50 percent of Hagelin’s $4 million salary and $3.75 million cap hit. Hagelin’s cap hit is $3.75 million because Pittsburgh retained $250k of his salary after trading him to the Kings.
Mike Vogel reports that the Capitals will only have to send a sixth-round pick to LA if they win two playoff rounds and Hagelin plays in half or more of the Caps’ total number of playoff games in the first two rounds.
Conditions attached to today's acquisition of Carl Hagelin from LA. Kings will pick up 50% of his salary. #Caps send Kings a 3rd in '19 draft. If Caps win two playoff rounds AND Hagelin plays in half or more of Caps' total number of playoff games in 1st two rounds.
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) February 21, 2019
“We are pleased to welcome Carl to our organization,” MacLellan said in a release. “We felt this trade enables us to add depth up front and provides us with a veteran player with a tremendous amount of speed to help us on the penalty kill.”
Before the Kings morning skate ahead of their game against Nashville, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reported Hagelin wasn’t on the ice.
Optional skate in Nashville. No Hagelin on the ice. Only four defensemen skating.
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) February 21, 2019
The Hagelin-to-Capitals deal was rumored Wednesday by both Bob McKenzie and Elliotte Friedman.
Hagelin should immediately help the Capitals’ problematic fourth line, which has featured a revolving door of players all season long.
Carl Hagelin (acquired by Caps for picks) is an excellent defensive forward who still contributes offence though he basically can't shoot the puck himself at all. Great penalty killer with a good penalty differential. pic.twitter.com/yPlISfybBm
— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) February 21, 2019
The 30-year-old left wing has averaged 13 goals a year for the last seven seasons.
Despite only tallying eight points in 38 games during the 2018-19 campaign, Hagelin was likely targeted by the Capitals due to his speed, tenaciousness, and experience. Hagelin won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016, 2017). Not only that, he’s a noted Caps killer, scoring six goals in 35 career playoff games against Washington.
The undersized Swede is in the final year of a four-year, $16 million deal.
Could be a great flow mentor for Axel Jonsson-Fjallby too
— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) February 21, 2019
According to the Washington Post, Hagelin will practice with the Capitals in Buffalo Friday and play Saturday against the Sabres.
More from the Capitals:
The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings for a third round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Hagelin, 30, a native of Sodertalje, Sweden, recorded five points (1g, 4a) in 22 games with the Kings this season. Prior to being acquired by Los Angeles on Nov. 14, 2018, Hagelin recorded three points (1g, 2a) in 16 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 5’11”, 186-pound forward’s 53.38 shot attempt percentage (245 shot attempts for, 214 against) ranked second on Los Angeles at five-on-five. Additionally, Hagelin’s 1:13 minutes per game on the penalty kill are the fourth most among Kings forwards with at least 22 games played.
In 526 career games between the New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, Hagelin has collected 230 points (90g, 140a). Selected with the Rangers’ sixth round pick (168th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft, Hagelin’s 230 points rank 16th among forwards selected from that class.
A two-time Stanley Cup winner (2016 and 2017), Hagelin has 47 points (22g, 25a) in 121 career playoff games, which is tied with Alex Ovechkin for the second-most playoff games among the Capitals (Orpik: 149) and tied for the 12th most among active NHL forwards. Additionally, Hagelin’s 216:42 minutes of penalty kill time in the playoffs is the sixth most among active forwards. Hagelin recorded 16 points (6g, 10a) en route to Pittsburgh’s 2016 Stanley Cup, the fifth-most points on the team.
Graphs via Bill Comeau @billius27
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.