Earlier today, New York Rangers speedster Carl Hagelin signed a two-year contract extension worth $2.25 million per season. Was this a good signing from the Rangers’ standpoint?
I would say yes. Hagelin is not great, but still is a really good player for the Rangers. He is only 24 years of age so he still has upside, and with his exhilarating speed, the Rangers front office and fans are hoping his goal-scoring comes around under new head coach Alain Vigneault‘s more up-tempo, offensive style of play.
Hagelin played all 48 regular season games in the strike-shortened season this year and recorded 10 goals and 14 assists. Those numbers are not necessarily bad but with his potential and speed, which I cannot stress enough, Hagelin should have been closer to 20 goals this past season instead of 10.
His biggest problem is his lack of consistency and his inability to finish plays. The good news is that he is still very young and has not reached his athletic prime yet, so he is a player still learning. Hopefully, he can continue to improve in his next two seasons with the team.
I think the amount of money he got was fair, and I am glad Rangers GM Glen Sather did not overpay. Yes, Hagelin has the potential talent to be a better all-around player, but you do not reward potential; you reward results — and his results from his first two seasons with the Rangers warrants him a two-year contract worth $2.25 million per season.
So Rangers fans, do you agree or disagree with the length of Hagelin’s contract, salary, or both?