Hagelin is an RFA this summer and Pierre said, "he is a useful player and I think that if you get caught up in the minutiae and numbers with him."
Pierre added, "It might be a mistake to not have him back just because I don't know who the Rangers have internally who could replace him."
As a player, Pierre said that with Hagelin's speed he needs to capitalize on his scoring opportunities more.
In the regular season, Hagelin had 17 goals, 18 assists, a plus 18 rating, 185 shots on goal, 15:13 overall and 1:57 shorthanded. He had 85 hits and 51 takeaways during the season.
In the playoffs Hagelin scored 2 goals and added 3 assists in 19 playoff games. The last goal he scored was the Game 5 OT winner against Pittsburgh. He was a minus four, had 36 shots on goal, 28 hits, 13 takeaways and an average of 16:37 per game.
Adam Rotter: It will be all about dollars and cents when it comes to Hagelin's future. There is no doubt that he is important to the team and that his speed, PKing and ability to chip in some offense are very valuable. The thing is how much is all of that worth to the Rangers and then how much does Hagelin think he is worth. I think the Rangers will try everything to get him re-signed but it's possible he is a casualty of the salary cap.
When it comes to internal replacements, the Rangers need to see if Jesper Fast, Ryan Bourque or someone else in Hartford could step up and fill his role, or at least part of it, for a lot less money.