Carl Hagelin Signs NHL Deal With NYR

Submitted by JimLahey on April 11th, 2011 at 1:01 PM
Good for him, will make his pro debut in the AHL this weekend.



April 11th, 2011 at 5:32 PM ^

Free agents from non-North-American professional leagues are the only signings that need to clear waivers.


From the CBA:
13.23 In the event a professional or former professional Player plays in a league outside
North America after the start of the NHL Regular Season, other than on Loan from his
Club, he may thereafter play in the NHL during that Playing Season (including Playoffs)
only if he has first either cleared or been obtained via Waivers. For the balance of the
Playing Season, any such Player who has been obtained via Waivers may be Traded or
Loaned only after again clearing Waivers or through Waiver claim


April 11th, 2011 at 1:22 PM ^

My guess is that he will either arrange something with his profs since the semester is so close to being done, or he'll put it on hold and complete his degree with summer courses. He doesn't have much of a choice, the earlier he starts his pro career, the better.

Wolverine In Exile

April 11th, 2011 at 1:41 PM ^

I thought I remembered Abdelkader coming right out and being on the Wings Black Aces squad for the playoff run that year, and that draft picks were "on the roster" so to speak for eligible playoff players (of course he'd have to be put on the playoff roster itself for a round).... If Hagelin does stay with the AHL team, he'll be playing in the playoffs with them as well.

Clarence Beeks

April 11th, 2011 at 4:08 PM ^

Yes, he could, but it's not going to happen.  He's a couple of years from breaking the Rangers lineup (baring some changes) and would be unlikely to see any meaningful playoff time with the Rangers this year.  Connecticut is a much better destination for him so that he can actually get meaningful playoff minutes.  Realistically, as much as I like Hagelin, I wouldn't expect him to compete for a spot in New York until 2012 camp.  Also, I believe (but am not 100% certain), that if he plays an NHL game this season it cuts a year off of his entry level contract, which is something New York is unlikely to want to happen.


April 11th, 2011 at 5:12 PM ^

Playing in the AHL counts towards your entry level contract regardless of whether you play an NHL game or not. His contract was probably 3 years, but they will have the option to drop him after 2, which is standard with most contracts. If they don't re-sign him, which happens to most guys who sign NHL contracts, then he can shop for another contract or he can sign an AHL deal and hope he plays well enough to make the jump for someone.

I didn't see the terms of the contract disclosed, but if anyone is interested, based on his prospect status, he probably got somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.8-2.2 million for 3 years, which only matters if he plays in the NHL during the next 3 seasons. Even then, he only gets the full amount per year if he plays more than 10 games in a given season, otherwise he gets paid for each day he's with the big squad. Also, he would have gotten some kind of signing bonus, which for a 6th round pick would probably be around 100K, which gets split over 3 years. For the AHL, he will probably make about 55k per year. So next season, assuming he plays in the AHL he will make about 85K. Not bad, eh? However, that gets chopped up pretty good by taxes, agent fees, union dues, and pension dues. Still a great income though. 

I just posted that because I figured some people on here would be interested in how this stuff works. Seeing as how he will be older than most of the other AHL rookies, they will expect him to be able to contribute in the AHL immediately at a high level.


April 11th, 2011 at 4:20 PM ^

How hard is it to go from Sweden to the NHL?  I would think I would rather start there: more money, more status, probably higher quality play than the AHL.  Even if I were North American, but even more so if I were Swedish.

Clarence Beeks

April 11th, 2011 at 9:49 PM ^

"which is almost certainly the AHL."

Probably, not necessarily.  There were several higher profile prospects loaned to european clubs this year.  It primarily depends on depth issues on the AHL teams.  I wasn't questioning what you said; just providing some additional context for those who are interested in that subject...


April 11th, 2011 at 7:57 PM ^

man it seems depressing to be a hockey senior right now. have the championship slip out of your grasp, take off your jersey for the last time, and then immediately go play at some soulless, half-empty AHL arena