The day after signing a four-year, $11 million contract with the Washington Capitals, Carl Hagelin told reporters via a conference call that he is “Extremely happy to have signed a deal…and am looking forward to the upcoming season.” Hagelin originally came to the Caps as part of a deal with the LA Kings for a third round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Since February he has played 20 regular season and seven playoff games in a red jersey. That was enough to convince him that the Capitals were the team he wanted to stick with for the long term.
Two themes emerged from his comments:
Hagelin wanted a long-term contract yet he knew that the salary cap could be an issue for the Washington Capitals. He said that “after exit meetings I told them I wanted to stay if they could find something. ” Apparently General Manager Brian MacLellan agreed with him. He spoke about the care he received from the organization, from a good diet to ensuring that they knew “my strength and they played me with good players.”
The second prominent theme is that he wanted to be with a team that could go all the way and win the Stanley Cup. He said he looked at the mix of team – one with a “good mix veterans and young guys–guys who understand the business.” and for him, as a two-time winner himself, he thinks the Caps have that going for them. He told reporters: “If I didn’t think the Caps had a chance to play in the finals and win I wouldn’t have signed.”
Hagelin is spending the summer traveling with family and is: “Looking forward to getting things going and being part of a team from the start”