The Los Angeles Kings continued their re-tool on Thursday morning, trading Carl Hagelin to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a third round pick and a conditional sixth round pick.
Hagelin was dealt to the Kings earlier in the season for Tanner Pearson. In 22 games with his new club, Hagelin had five points.
Hagelin now returns to the Eastern Conference where he found massive success with Pittsburgh. When he first joined the Penguins prior to their consecutive Stanley Cup victories, he was able to ignite the offense next to Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel. Washington, who has struggled this season under new head coach Todd Reirden, is hoping that the same outcome is achieved.
Most known for his speed and penalty killing prowess, Hagelin has fallen off offensively over the past few years. However, in Washington’s high-octane, fast style of play, he may be able to revive his career. Hagelin, only a 30-year-old, still has plenty of meaningful hockey left in him.
As for the Kings, general manager Rob Blake squeezes out a few picks for an underperforming player. The 2019 draft class is relatively deep, but once it hits the third round and beyond, it becomes hit or miss as usual. Blake will have to rely on his scouting team to ensure that this deal becomes a win in the future.
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