The New York Rangers will welcome back LW Carl Hagelin to the lineup against the New York Islanders tonight.
Hagelin had been out since May 31, when he had a surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He has missed ten games this season, and coach Alain Vigneault has made it clear that he will be in the lineup against the Isles. One sign that Hagelin was coming back is when the Rangers sent Jesper Fast back down to the Hartford Wolfpack. Alain Vigneault had this to say about Hagelin’s return:
“That speed factor five-on-five and that speed factor killing penalties should push the opposition a little bit.”
The 25-year old speed demon had just signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract as a restricted free agent in the offseason. This contract came after his 10 goals and 14 assists in 48 games last season. Then in the playoffs he recorded three goals and three assists in 12 games.
Hagelin is excited to be back. He is willing to do whatever he needs to. He was cleared for contact in practice on October 16. It is tough to transition from the coaching style of John Tortorella to Alain Vigneault. Here’s what Hagelin had to say about it:
“Everything feels good and I’m excited, if the coach tells me to play, I’ll play.”
He then told reporters that he had no previous knowledge of coming back. He looks to help the Rangers defeat Thomas Vanek and the New York Islanders after their bad 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Monday night.