Friedman: Sabres have 'looked at' acquiring Carl Hagelin

Hagelin has a goal and four assists in 22 games with the Kings this season

Brayton Wilson
February 19, 2019 - 12:17 pm

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It appears as though the Buffalo Sabres are still hot on the trail for Los Angeles Kings forward, Carl Hagelin.

According to Sportnet's Elliotte Friedman in his 31 Thoughts blog, the Sabres have "looked at" the idea of acquiring the 30-year-old winger. Friedman says:

"Carl Hagelin’s only got eight points in 38 games, but a lower price tag may tempt someone for a competitive guy with a good playoff history. Buffalo looked at it."

Hagelin has played in 22 games this season with the Kings, scoring a goal and picking up four assists after being acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins back on November 14. In 16 games with Pittsburgh this season, Hagelin scored a goal and registered two assists.

The native of Sodertalje, Sweden is currently in his eighth season in the NHL after spending time with the New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Penguins and Kings. In 526 career games in the NHL, Hagelin has scored 90 goals and picked up 140 assists for 230 points.

Hagelin may not produce much offense on a consistent basis, but he has been a reliable playmaker with great speed down the wing. Hagelin has also been relatively reliable in both ends of the ice, playing key minutes on the power play and the penalty kill in the past.

After spending the first four years of his career with the Rangers, Hagelin was traded to the Ducks, where he played in just 43 games before being moved again to the Penguins.

With the Penguins, Hagelin went on to win the Stanley Cup in back-to-back years in 2016 and 2017. He scored 83 points (27+56) in 195 regular season games, while registering 21 points (10+11) in 48 playoff games.

Hagelin is currently in the final year of his contract with an average annual value of $3.75 million. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

With the latest injury to Sabres forward Kyle Okposo (concussion), maybe general manager Jason Botterill will look into a potential deal for Hagelin even further.

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