Carl Hagelin cites Capitals’ Stanley Cup window and role on team for re-signing. ‘I don’t think I ever thought about going to free agency.’
From the outside looking in, there was no guarantee the Washington Capitals or trade-deadline pickup Carl Hagelin would come to a contract agreement heading into the summer. Hagelin, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, was coming off an expensive four-year, $16 million contract. With how close the Capitals were to the salary cap and how many important free agents they had now and in the future, a deal seemed far-fetched.
But late last week, after freeing up $3.405 million and addressing a need on defense (Radko Gudas) with the Matt Niskanen deal, the Caps found enough money to bring Hagelin back with a four-year, $11 million deal that’s worth $2.75 million per season.
According to Hagelin, he never even considered becoming an unrestricted free agent.