The Washington Capitals acquired two-time Stanley Cup winner Carl Hagelin from the LA Kings and added a large dose of speed to their lineup. Washington sent a third-round pick and a conditional sixth rounder to Los Angeles for the speedy winger who won Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017.
According to the Washington Post, the conditions for the sixth round choice are Washington makes the Eastern Conference Final and Hagelin plays in 50 percent of the games.
The Penguins dealt Hagelin to LA in November in exchange for Tanner Pearson. Shortly after the LA acquisition, Hagelin suffered a lower body injury and missed six weeks.
This season, Hagelin has eight points (2g, 6a) in 38 games. He had just three points (1g, 2a) in 16 games with the Penguins and five points (1g, 4a) in 22 games with LA.
Wednesday, Washington waived fourth-line grinder and Stanley Cup playoffs hero Devante Smith-Pelly to presumably make room for Hagelin. Washington is just two points ahead of the Penguins for second place in the Metro Division.
This will be the third Metro Division team for which Hagelin has played. He played for the New York Rangers from 2011-12 to 2014-15, including a New York run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014.
Hagelin signed a four-year deal with Anaheim as a free agent in 2015, and that contract expires July 1. He was famously part of the H-B-K line with Phil Kessel and Nick Bonino which propelled the Penguins to the 2016 Stanley Cup.
Hagelin may slot as a third line LW for Washington, which has also shopped struggling winger Andre Burakovsky.