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6 things to know about newest Capital Carl Hagelin

6 things to know about newest Capital Carl Hagelin

Brian MacLellan made Carl Hagelin the newest Capital on Thursday in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings.

Most Caps fans know Hagelin as a speedy player who they absolutely hated when he was with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but there’s more to him than just his black and gold past.

Here are six interesting facts you may not know about Hagelin.

Hagelin played four years under Red Berenson at the University of Michigan

There are many amateur routes to the NHL, but few European players end up playing in the NCAA. Hagelin, however, played four years for the University of Michigan becoming the first Swedish player to play for the Wolverines.

While there, he was coached by former NHL great Red Berenson. In his 17-year NHL career, Berenson played for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings and was the captain in St. Louis and Detroit. Berenson’s coaching career began in the NHL where he won the Jack Adams Award as the coach of the year in 1981, but he returned to his alma mater Michigan in 1984 as the head coach. He coached the Wolverines for 33 seasons including all four of Hagelin’s years there.

Hagelin played for Michigan from 2007 through 2011 and was the captain in his senior year. In his final year he helped lead the Wolverines all the way to the National Championship game, but Michigan fell just short in a 3-2 loss to Minnesota-Duluth.

The Caps are Hagelin’s fifth NHL team and this is his fourth trade

Hagelin was drafted in 2007 by the New York Rangers before going to college in Ann Arbor. After four strong seasons, Hagelin was set to become a restricted free agent, but was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in 2015 and signed a four-year deal. After 43 tough games with the Ducks, he was traded back to the East coast to the Pittsburgh Penguins in January 2016. He helped the Penguins win two Stanley Cups, but was traded to the Kings in November 2018. On the last year of his deal and playing on a struggling team, it was widely expected that Hagelin would likely be on the move again before the end of the season and on Thursday, that proved to be correct.

On Saturday, Hagelin will suit up for the fifth team of his NHL career when he plays for the Caps.

Hagelin made his NHL debut against the Caps

Washington fans developed a healthy dislike for Hagelin over the years because he always seemed to have big milestones against Washington.

After his college career ended, Hagelin signed a professional contract with the Rangers. He started the 2011-12 season in the AHL, but made his NHL debut on Nov. 25 against…the Capitals. He recorded his first NHL point in that game, an assist to Brian Boyle on what would prove to be the game-winning goal.

In an ironic twist, Hagelin’s last game with the Kings also came against Washington when the Caps visited Los Angeles on Monday.

Hagelin has a lot of playoff experience against Washington

Hagelin has played in 121 career playoff games and there is no team he has played more than the Capitals. Washington has faced Hagelin in 35 playoff games where he scored 15 points including one game-winning goal. In his entire playoff career, Hagelin recorded seven multi-point performances. Four of them came against the Caps.

The Penguins are paying for Hagelin to play for Washington

Given the pettiness of rivalries, Caps fans will enjoy knowing that while he is playing for Washington, Pittsburgh is paying part of his paycheck.

In the original trade that sent Hagelin to Los Angeles, the Penguins retained 6.25-percent of his salary as part of the deal. The Kings also retained 50-percent of his remaining salary in the trade with Washington so the Caps are only paying for about 47-percent of his salary.

The Caps will play Pittsburgh one more time in the regular season and could meet once again in the postseason. For every point Hagelin scores against them, Washington fans can take great pleasure knowing the Penguins paid for it, at least a little bit.

The Penguins saw him as more than just a depth player

Hagelin may have played a bottom-six role in Pittsburgh, but he was considered vitally important to the Penguins’ consecutive Cup runs in 2016 and 2017. Hagelin was the “H” in the infamous HBK line that gave Washington fits in the 2016 playoff series. He also scored the empty-netter in Game 6 against the Nashville Predators to seal the Cup.

When Hagelin was traded to Los Angeles in November, you could tell he was more than just a third-line player in that locker room.

The Caps know they are getting a very fast forward who can contribute on the penalty kill. The unknown when it comes to deadline moves is what kind of a locker room person a player is and how he will mesh with his new teammates. Given what his Pittsburgh teammates thought about him, that likely will not be an issue for Hagelin. If he can also prove as important to the Caps as he proved to be to the Penguins’ playoff runs, this is going to be an absolute steal of a trade for Washington.


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Caps leave All-Star Game with plenty of highlights, but no wins

Caps leave All-Star Game with plenty of highlights, but no wins

ST. LOUIS -- There was no All-Star championship for the Metropolitan Division All-Stars this year. The Metro was not able to defend its crown in 2020 as it fell 9-5 to the Atlantic Division in the first game of the All-Star Game tournament on Saturday.

Despite the early loss, the Capitals certainly left their mark on the event. Here were the highlights:

An ovation for Oshie

T.J. Oshie began his NHL career in St. Louis and remains a fan favorite there even now in the midst of his fifth season in Washington. That was evident when Oshie was introduced to the crowd to thunderous applause.

“I think it's a pretty cool story,” Oshie said. “It's something that I'm going to enjoy telling the kids and grandkids down the road. But I think the coolest part for me was just the cheers from the fans when my name was called a couple times there. I enjoyed playing here. I love playing in D.C. though, but I had some good experiences here, some heartbreaks, some pretty good teams we played on. Just to get back here, just kind of crazy that my first All-Star Game ended up being in St. Louis. It was a great weekend, it was fun, the fans were awesome as always.”

The starting lineup

Todd Reirden went with what he knew to start the game as Oshie and John Carlson both started the game with Braden Holtby in net. The only non-Cap to start was New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal.

The Barzal, Oshie, Carlson trio seemed to find some chemistry through the game and Oshie had nothing but positive things to say of the speedy forward after the game.

“Obviously his skill level's off the charts, just skating, his stickhandling and vision on the ice,” Oshie said. “Obviously we would've liked to put up some more goals, but it's nice trying to get open and have him find me than chase him around the ice and just try to not get made a fool of. It was awesome. He's a great kid. It was nice kind of getting to know him off the ice here these last couple days.”

While Oshie wished for more production, that line actually acquitted itself nicely. Oshie recorded one goal and one assist, Carlson had one goal and Barzal had two assists.

Carlson scores a milestone

The Atlantic Division jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Carlson scored the first goal of the game for the Metro.

Holtby broke up a scoring chance for the Atlantic as he blocked a centering pass with his stick which sparked the breakout in the other direction. Carlson and Barzal had a 2-on-1 opportunity and Barzal set up Carlson for the shot past a helpless Frederik Anderson. Oshie recorded a secondary assist on the goal.

That was not just the Caps’ first goal of the game, it was the first goal by a Caps defenseman at the All-Star Game in franchise history, according to the team. Quite the milestone.

“That’s great,” Carlson said. “I guess I had no idea.”

Oshie scores in St. Louis

I mean, he had to, right? His first All-Star game coming in St. Louis, there was no way Oshie was going to walk away from this game without scoring.

The Metro Division cycled in the offensive zone and Seth Jones dropped the puck off to Oshie near the blue line. He cut up the middle then fired a shot to the corner to beat Anderson, making him the eighth player in Caps’ franchise history to score at an All-Star Game.

Coach Osh in the house

Oshie’s family has always been the talk of Washington because of how adorable his daughters are and that was on full display again on Saturday. But it was Oshie’s dad who stole the show.

Oshie’s father suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. That makes traveling very difficult. After Oshie’s goal, however, the broadcast cut to Oshie waving up to his father who had been able to make the trip to St. Louis.

“It's always great to have Coach Osh around,” Oshie said. “He missed our fathers' trip this year, it's kind of hard for him to travel, but we were able to make it work for him to come to St. Louis where a lot of the people you see working down here behind the scenes probably know him better than they know me, so he got to see some old friends. Just special to have him here to witness my first All-Star Game in person.”

Oshie added, “There's certain milestones that I've made in my career that I want him to be a part of if he's able to make it and this was one of them He came to St. Louis quite a bit when I played and he has a lot of friends here, a lot of people that treat him really good as well. This was something that I didn't want him to miss."

Holtby ends on a high-note

Let’s face it, the All-Star Game does not favor the goalies. A 3-on-3 tournament is meant to promote as much scoring as possible. As a result, it is often a tough night for the netminders and that was true for Holtby who made five saves on nine shots in his single period of play. But Holtby was able to end his night on a high note with one of the top saves of the game.

David Pastrnak set up Shea Weber on the far-side for what looked like a lay-up on Holtby, but Holtby was able to stretch the pad for the fantastic toe save to deny Weber.

“It felt good to make a save,” Holtby said.

“It's difficult, but it's fun too,” Holtby said of the 3-on-3 format. “It's challenging. I think guys are starting to figure it out a little bit more with the cross-ice pass and stuff. But it's fun to be a part of.”

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Oshie gets warm All-Star welcome on St. Louis return, scores with dad in attendance

Oshie gets warm All-Star welcome on St. Louis return, scores with dad in attendance

Former St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie was welcomed back to Enterprise Arena fondly by the NHL All-Star crowd that included his family.

At the end of Oshie's entrance on to the ice, the camera showed plenty of Blues players cheering for him. In seven seasons with St. Louis, Oshie played 443 games and tallied 310 points (110 G, 200 A) and a +71 plus/minus rating. He even served as an alternate captain for his final two seasons before being traded to the Capitals for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a 2016 third-round draft pick. 

That wasn't all for Oshie's All-Star performance -- he scored 5:29 into the first period to give the Metropolitan Division team a 3-2 lead.

Oshie is the eighth Capitals player in franchise history to score in the NHL All-Star Game.

Oshie's family, including his dad, Tim, affectionately known as "Coach Osh," was in attendance to witness his first All-Star appearance, making the moment even more special.

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