Ducks ac­quire Hagelin, goalie Khu­dobin

They get speedy winger from Rangers for Etem and draft choice. Trade with Carolina sparks in­trigue.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Lisa Dill­man lisa.dill­

Lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion. Draft ta­bles are ar­ranged ac­cord­ing to play­off fin­ish — mean­ing the con­fer­ence fi­nal­ists, Ana­heim and the New York Rangers, were in the same neigh­bor­hood at the NHL’s en­try draft in Sunrise, Fla.

Ducks Gen­eral Man­ager Bob Mur­ray checked in Fri­day with the Rangers and found out speedy winger Carl Hagelin might be avail­able be­cause the Rangers were un­cer­tain they could sign their soonto-be re­stricted free agent July 1.

“My ears perked up a lit­tle bit and I said, ‘Ooh. We could use that speed and tenac­ity, the way he plays,’ ” Mur­ray said.

They worked at a deal and by Satur­day morn­ing the Ducks had yet another Swedish player in the fold as Ana­heim ac­quired Hagelin and two draft picks from the Rangers in ex­change for young­ster Emer­son Etem and one draft choice.

If the Kings were the dom­i­nant news story on Day 1 of the draft — get­ting power for­ward Mi­lan Lu­cic from the Bos­ton Bru­ins — their South­ern Cal­i­for­nia ri­val, the Ducks, were in the spotlight with two trades on Day 2.

Be­fore the Hagelin deal, Mur­ray added another bit of in­trigue to the fas­ci­nat­ing goalie saga in Ana­heim, get­ting goalie An­ton Khu­dobin from Carolina for de­fense­man James Wis­niewski, who was a healthy scratch dur­ing the play­offs.

With Hagelin, the Ducks may have ac­quired a re­place­ment for the soon-to-be free agent Matt Be­leskey and will be sav­ing about $5.7 mil­lion be­cause of the other trade. Howev- er, that fact was al­most ig­nored. In­stead there were im­me­di­ate ques­tions about the two tal­ented goalies on the Ducks’ ros­ter, Fred­erik An­der­sen and John Gib­son. Mur­ray had to quickly douse spec­u­la­tion Gib­son was soon to be traded. He was just as em­phatic when asked about An­der­sen’s fu­ture.

“It’s funny. I make a deal and ev­ery­body ob­vi­ously as­sumes that one of the two of them is go­ing,” Mur­ray said. “Ev­ery­body should look at what went on last year, the . . . storms that were cre­ated with in­juries to these two guys and the dif­fer­ent ways we tried to fix it didn’t work.

“This way, we’re cov­ered right now. I have no idea how it will play out at the start. But I’ve got the back end cov­ered now.”

The trade for Khu­dobin came down be­fore the Kings and Ducks started draft­ing Satur­day. The Kings, who traded their first-round pick in Fri­day’s deal for Lu­cic, se- lected six play­ers in the sec­ond through sev­enth round, start­ing with de­fense­man Erik Cer­nak of Slo­vakia. They took three for­wards, three de­fense­men and no goalies.

The Kings’ head of goalie de­vel­op­ment Kim Dil­l­abaugh was hired as goalie coach by Philadelphia Gen­eral Man­ager Ron Hex­tall.

Ana­heim added six more draft choices Satur­day, tak­ing four for­wards, one de­fense­man and one goalie. Mur­ray said he wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily done mak­ing moves, es­pe­cially be­cause cen­ter Nate Thompson will be out five to six months af­ter shoul­der surgery; Mur­ray called the in­jury a “bad one.”

For Etem, Mur­ray thought a change of scenery might pro­vide a spark for the Long Beach na­tive, who was of­ten in­con­sis­tent.

“I’m not go­ing to speak for him, but I think he felt pres­sure at times,” Mur­ray said. “He can get away, re­lax and go play hockey.”

Hagelin un­doubt­edly will get a chance to play with Ryan Get­zlaf and Corey Perry, giv­ing him an op­por­tu­nity to be­come a top six-for­ward again.

“Ana­heim has an ex­tremely good of­fen­sive core,” Hagelin said. “They score a lot of goals and have some big play­ers up front. I think with my speed, I could hope­fully help out. Again, I played with some pretty skilled play­ers with the New York Rangers when I played with [Brad] Richards, [Ryan] Cal­la­han and [Mar­ian] Ga­borik. “I’m ready for a chal­lenge.” Among other draft-day moves in­volv­ing the rest of the league, Dal­las ac­quired goalie Anti Niemi from San Jose for a 2015 sev­enth-round pick, Min­nesota agreed to terms with goalie De­van Dub­nyk on a sixyear con­tract, and Van­cou­ver traded goalie Ed­die Lack to Carolina for a 2015 third-round pick and a 2016 sev­enth-round draft pick.

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