In case you hadn’t heard: Carl Hagelin has been traded to the Washington Capitals! He started his career with the New York Rangers, and after a brief pit-stop in Anaheim, went to Pittsburgh, where he raised the Stanley Cup (twice) in an ugly bumblebee Halloween costume.
After another short stint on the West coast with the LA Kings, the speedy blond-haired forward is once again headed back to the Metro. There is obviously, to quote Taylor Swift, some “bad blood” between Capital-killer Carl “Hags” Hagelin and his new team.
But he’s ours now, and it’s time to turn that “bad blood” into “mad love.” Here are some reasons why Capitals fans can, and should, mad love Hags.
Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson started it all by biking around the Olympic village in 2014, and were the inspiration for an RMNB t-shirt.
Carl Hagelin and Henrik Lunqvist soon joined the Swedish motorcyle club.
Between Burakovsky, Djoos, Backstrom, and Hagelin, the Capitals now have four Swedish-born players!
His nickname is “Hags.”
Haven’t been able to say HAGS this much since I was signing middle school yearbooks!
— Michael Bailey (@mikebailey97) February 21, 2019
This one isn’t a pun it’s just funny.
— elyse (@ElyseBee) February 21, 2019
We’ll add more as they inevitably pour in.
His grandfather Boris Hagelin invented encryption machines. What have you done lately, eh?
He may in fact be this puppy in human form.
Important to Remember: the Penguins are now paying Carl Hagelin to play for the Capitals.
— For Pucks Sake Podcast (@ForPucksSakePod) February 21, 2019
“I’m really excited!” Hagelin said in his first interview since the trade. “It feels great going to a team that good and to get the chance to play playoff hockey again.
“I must have made some kind of impression on them!” he laughed. “They’re a really good team, defending champions who always has the opportunity to go far in the playoffs.”
Headline photo: kadiwow
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