"Honored" Hagelin Returns To The Fold

Jim Cerny
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It's been a busy and productive week for the New York Rangers. Just two days after the club announced that restricted free agent Ryan McDonagh had agreed to terms with the club, speedy winger Carl Hagelin did likewise on Wednesday.

Reports say that Hagelin agreed to a two year deal, though terms of his new contract were not released by the team. What is most important, though, is that two of the young core RFAs on the Rangers roster have quickly come to terms, leaving Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello still to be signed.

"I am honored to be a part of the Rangers organization," Hagelin said from his home in Sweden on Wednesday. "I love the guys on the team, they truely are all my friends, and I am pumped to get going next year with them."

Hagelin said this deal "happened overnight" and was thrilled that, like McDonagh, his first foray in restricted free agency went so smoothly.

"As soon as they signed Mac this came together very quickly," explained Hagelin. "My agent called last night and again this morning and it was pretty much done. We're a really close-knit team that really plays for one another, and I think that's a statement from Glen (Sather, the Rangers President and General Manager) that he respects this team and wants to keep it together."

Since turning pro in 2011-12 after a standout four-year collegiate career at the University of Michigan, Hagelin has appeared in 112 regular season games and produced 62 points (24-38-62). He already has a career +31 plus/minus rating, and has established himself as a key forward for the Rangers, particularly at even strength and on the penalty kill.

The winner of the Fastest Skater competition as a rookie at the 2012 NHL All Star Weekend, the 24 year-old Hagelin energizes the Rangers lineup on a consistent basis, and could very well flourish under new coach Alain Vigneault.

"I'm just going to go in and do my job and he'll do his job," Hagelin said of the new coach. "He's a great coach who obviously has that winning mentality. That's always great to play for a coach like that. He's pretty offensive minded, too, so I am really excited to get a good start to the season and show him what I can do."

After scoring three goals and totaling six points while appearing in all 12 playoff games this past spring, Hagelin underwent off-season surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. The popular Swede says that he has been able to keep his legs and right shoulder strong, but the more intensive rehab workouts will begin in the next few days when the sling finally comes off his left shoulder.

"I have been doing a lot of biking, and usually I like to run throughout the summer, so that's been one difference, but everything is going the right way in regards to the shoulder," explained Hagelin. "It's been six weeks since the surgery so I can't wait to get that sling off here in the next few days, and then work on getting my range of motion back and take it from there. I am confident my shoulder will be better and stronger next season."

Ryan McDonagh signed. Carl Hagelin signed. Next!