Thursday, February 21, 2019

NHL trade review: Kings flip Hagelin to Caps

From LA Times


           The Washington Capitals have acquired winger Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2019 third round pick and a conditional 6th round pick. The condition on the draft pick is that if Hagelin plays in 50 percent of the games in any two playoff rounds, assuming the Caps play in two rounds, the Kings get a 6th.

            For the Capitals, Hagelin is a former division rival with the Rangers and Penguins who is a UFA at the end of the season. He was a vital part on the third line for the Penguins when they won two Stanley Cups from 2016-17. The Caps will put him in their bottom six, but now he is in the midst of his worst career season. But, the price isn't much to pay.

             Hagelin, 30, has scored two goals and six assists for eight points in 38 games for the Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins this year. The best year of his NHL career came in 2013-14 with the New York Rangers, when he scored 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points in 72 games. In his NHL career for the Kings, Penguins, Rangers and Anaheim Ducks, Hagelin has scored 90 goals and 140 assists for 230 points in 526 games.

              For the Kings, they acquired Hagelin earlier this season for Tanner Pearson, a trade that now doesn't look so good since at the time, they could have gotten more than a third round pick for Pearson. Hagelin is an upcoming UFA, and since the Kings are a bad team, they had to trade him. With Hagelin's struggles this year, the return is decent.

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