The Western Conference finalists signed their final major restricted free agent – forward Carl Hagelin– to a four-year, $16 million contract with The Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks would receive Hagelin from the New York Rangers in exchange for Emerson Etem and some draft picks, making this one of the biggest picks this summer.
His stats are impressive, having 58 goals and 72 assists in 266 games with the Rangers, including all 82 games last season. He also has scored seventeen goals in the last two seasons.
General manager Bob Murray noted Hagelin adds a faster element to the game. “Hagelin is speed. Speed, tenacity, he’s on the puck really good penalty killer,” Murray said. “I think he can play some power play with the right guys.”
This could easily be a risky move because Beleskey scored 21 goals last season while Hagelin had back-to-back 17-goal seasons. His rookie year with New York, he had 38 points and 14 goals in 64 games, but on the other hand before 2014-15, Beleskey hit double digit goals only once in his career.
With 24 players now under contract for this season, the Ducks are still $8 million below the league’s salary cap and will be putting one of the best teams in the league on the ice, with some money to spare.