Rangers sign RFAs Carl Hagelin, Justin Falk to new contracts


Carl Hagelin’s deal is reportedly two years and $4.5 million, Justin Falk’s one year, $975,000.

From the Rangers:


NEW YORK, July 10, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Carl Hagelin on a new contract.

Hagelin, 24, registered 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points, along with 18 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 48 games last season. He ranked sixth on the team in points and goals, third in shots (132), and tied for fifth in plus/minus rating, while being one of four Rangers to skate in all 48 games. The Rangers posted a record of 14-2-1 in games when he tallied a point, were 8-1-1 when he registered a goal, and 5-0-1 when he notched two or more points. Hagelin registered a career-high, five-game point streak from February 10 against Tampa Bay to February 19 against Montreal (five goals, three assists over the span), that began with a career-high, four-game goal streak. He skated in his 100th career NHL contest on April 3 against Pittsburgh.

In the postseason, Hagelin recorded career-highs with three goals, six points, a plus-six rating, and 35 shots in 12 games. He led the Rangers in plus/minus rating, ranked third on the team in points and shots, tied for second in goals, and fourth in assists (three) during the playoffs. Hagelin notched his first career playoff goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 2 at Washington, and posted a playoff career-high, three points (one goal, two assists) on May 8 in Game 4 against Washington.

The 5-11, 186-pounder has skated in 112 career regular season games over two seasons, registering 24 goals and 38 assists for 62 points, along with 42 penalty minutes and a plus-31 rating. He recorded a point in four straight games to begin his career, including an assist while making his NHL debut on November 25, 2011, at Washington. Hagelin was the first Ranger rookie to post a four-game point streak to start his career since Steven King in 1992-93. He finished that season ranked first among league rookies in plus/minus rating (plus-21), and ranked third in points (38), assists (24), and shots (131), and fourth in goals (14) among first-year players following his NHL debut. Hagelin was invited as one of 12 rookies to participate in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition that season, winning the Fastest Skater event with a time of 13.218 seconds.

Prior to turning professional, Hagelin skated in 171 career collegiate contests over four seasons with the University of Michigan of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), registering 61 goals and 91 assists for 152 points, along with 133 penalty minutes. He was named to the NCAA West Second All-American Team and CCHA First All-Star Team, as well as being selected as CCHA Best Defensive Forward in 2010-11, as he helped lead the Wolverines to the NCAA Championship game. In 2009-10, he was named to the CCHA All-Tournament Team as Michigan captured the CCHA Championship.

The Sodertalje, Sweden native was originally selected by the Rangers as a sixth round choice, 168th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.


NEW YORK, July 10, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Justin Falk on a new contract.

Falk, 24, was acquired by the Rangers from Minnesota on June 30 in exchange for forward Benn Ferriero and a sixth round pick (originally Columbus’) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He registered three assists and 40 penalty minutes in 36 games with Minnesota last season. Falk posted a plus or even rating in 27 of his 36 contests, and skated in his 100th career NHL game on March 27 against Phoenix. He also skated in four playoff contests, making his NHL playoff debut on May 3 at Chicago in Game 2 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

The 6-5, 220-pounder has skated in 108 career regular season contests over four seasons with Minnesota, registering one goal and 14 assists for 15 points, along with 100 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in games played (47) and penalty minutes (54) during the 2011-12 season. Falk notched his first career NHL goal with a power play tally on January 24, 2012, at Colorado. He finished the 2011-12 season ranked fourth on the Wild with 78 hits, and ranked eighth among NHL rookies with 78 blocked shots.

Falk made his NHL debut on March 19, 2010, at Columbus, and registered his first career NHL point with an assist on October 19, 2010, against Vancouver.

The Snowflake, Manitoba native has also skated in 189 American Hockey League (AHL) contests over three seasons with the Houston Aeros, registering six goals and 20 assists for 26 points, along with 172 penalty minutes. Falk established AHL career-highs in assists (11), points (14), shots on goal (72), and plus/minus rating (plus-16), and tied his AHL career-high in goals (three) in 2010-11. His plus-16 rating led the Aeros that season. Prior to turning professional, Falk captured the 2008 Memorial Cup as a member of the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Spokane Chiefs. He was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star team after registering two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-four rating in four tournament contests.

Falk was originally selected by Minnesota as a fourth round choice, 110th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. MZA may not file for arbitration because if he does, he can’t sign in Europe. On the other hand, if he does, the Rangers can’t walk away from whatever he is awarded unless it’s over $3.5M. So, if he does file, he will be a Ranger.

  2. Pretty sure the Zucc contract is just a formality at this point…2 years $1.5m/per

    Agent seems confident it’s going to be the Rangers…

  3. That sounds fair, NYR_FAN. It will leave the Rangers with around $3.7M to sign Stepan after they send Asham and Powe down in September.

  4. From NYR point of view, what MZA can bring as a player is probably more valuable than what he can fetch in a trade… Think anybody would give up assets to get him?

  5. Hags got one minute a game of PP last year, 22 seconds year before year. Hardly enough time for ‘someone’ to say he stinks. Nice, though, to see he’s grown two inches. lol.

  6. there is no doubt in my mind sather is going to make a trade. Rangers still lack talent and toughness or talent with toughness. The rangers are setup to make a trade or two. This is one area I have some confidence in sather to pull off a trade or two in order to make the rangers a better team.

  7. _From NYR point of view, what MZA can bring as a player is probably more valuable than what he can fetch in a trade… Think anybody would give up assets to get him?_

    Canadiens joke?

  8. #signthehobbit

    The Mats Zuccarello that returned to New York last spring to play 15 games down the stretch and all 12 playoff games was not the same MZA who arrived in the summer of 2010. Back then it was clear that if he didn’t pop in enough goals to be a Top 6 forward, the rest of his game would probably not allow him to remain in the NHL. However, the post lock-out version of MZA was much quicker, faster and stronger.

    If you watch those 27 games without bias based on size, name or reputation, MZA was one of New York’s most consistent forwards during that stretch.

    He doesn’t have Brad Richard’s reputation or Derek Stepan’s status, but his vision and playmaking ability rival some of the league’s best. He doesn’t have the stature of Rick Nash, but he has the innate ability to hold on to the puck. He doesn’t have Carl Hagelin’s speed or Ryan Callahan’s Adam Graves like aura, but he shares their relentless style of puck pursuit.

    The new MZA showed that he has the skill to play in the Top 6, but the tenacity and competitive fire to play in the Bottom 6 if need be. Combine that with his age, endearing flair and the fact that he is hands down the best Ranger in the skills competition used to determine who gets an extra point (shoot-out), it should be a no-brainer to get his name on a contract for 2013-14.

    I am not in a panic yet because the Rangers have not said they are not going to bring MZA back. However, I am frustrated at reports that they might have to let him go due to financial constraints. I am even more frustrated that these reports are being written by normally opinionated beat writers who are stating this as a fact without showing any emotion.

    If you believe what you saw in those final 27 games, it would be ridiculous to let MZA walk away just because you signed Benoit Pouliot, or want to retain Tom Pyatt or decided not to amnesty Brad Richards.

    Here’s hoping that the Rangers do the right thing and keep MZA in NY.

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