When the Rangers took to the ice Sunday for their 1:30 afternoon practice at the MSG Training Center, rookie Cral Hagelin was not among his teammates. Instead her was taking part in a disciplinary hearing with the NHL's Brendan Shanahan to discuss his elbowing major from Saturday's Game Two against Ottawa at Madison Square Garden.
Hagelin eventually got on to the ice after most of the Rangers had exited and were in the locker room. After finishing his private skate Hageling told reporters that he was not allowed to discuss his hearing with Shanahan. However he was willing to discuss his feelings about the play in which Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson---a fellow Swede---was on the receiving end.
"I have never had a major (penalty) before, I'm not that kind of player," said Hagelin. "And especially being Alfredsson---growing up, he's a hero back home, one of my favorite players (growing up). Obviously there was no intention on my part (to hurt him). I just hope he's doing well and can play (Monday)."
Hagelin said he texted Alfredsson late Saturday night to see if the Senators star was feeling OK.
"I said that I am sorry and very regretful for what happened," explained Hagelin, who stated that his elbow came up when he tried to duck Alfredsson's stick which came up near his face.
Rangers head coach John Tortorella declined to discuss the play, the hearing, or what his lineup may look like if Hagelin does receive a suspension.
"Whatever decision they make, I have to face it," concluded Hagelin.