Capitals go a year too long in resigning Carl Hagelin

The Washington Capitals on Sunday resigned winger Carl Hagelin to a 4 year, $11 million contract. For Hagelin its’s a decrease in salary but overall it’s an excellent deal for himself in getting a four year term (Age 31-34) with the cap potentially going to be in the $80.5-$81 million range instead of the projected $83 million range.

For Washington, there’s some questions with the term where they probably went one year too long. Some could argue two years too long. Coming off a 5 goal season and with the hands fading, getting even a 25 point season from Hagelin has now become a major stretch moving forward.

The Capitals who try to mesh a physical/speed component to their game, are buying for the speed game to remain and the other intangibles Hagelin brings to the table from the PK to a great locker room presence.

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