In what was merely a formality, Christopher Botta at the New York Times reports that after staying in a hotel his first seven weeks with the Rangers, Carl Hagelin has been told by management to find a place of his own, a sign that he is likely to stay in the NHL for a while.
On getting a permanent place…
“I was hoping to play a few N.H.L. games this year,” Hagelin said. “Getting a place in New York won’t change my mind-set. I have to prove every day that I belong here.”
…they better have told Hagelin that. Huge part of the young core that will make the Rangers perennial Stanley Cup contenders for years to come. That is, unless they do something stupid at the trade deadline. Which I don’t anticipate.
John Tortorella on Hagelin’s positive influence on the team…
“I put him on lines and he ignites those lines with his speed,” Tortorella said. “It’s dog on bone.”
Botta also takes a look at Hagelin’s time at Michigan.