Hagelin had said previously that he didn't think the Rangers had spoken much about an extension and Jeff Gorton confirmed that the salary cap played a big role in the Rangers decision to trade him.
For a lot more on Hagelin and why he was traded, click HERE.
The 2015-16 Sports Forecaster has Hagelin scoring 20 goals and 22 assists for the Ducks this season. (TSF)
Adam Rotter: $4 million per year is a lot for Hagelin and a number the Rangers couldn't afford to give him. Hagelin is a really good player who had a big role on the Rangers and was very effective. The Ducks, for the time being, have the cap space to overpay Hagelin. Even with Hagelin signed, the fourth highest cap hit among forwards, and two players making over $8 million per year, the Ducks still have over $8 million in cap space.
Every team has a unique salary cap situation and the one the Ducks have right now is much more favorable than the one the Rangers have in terms of maneuverability. The Rangers will miss Hagelin but believe that they have players who can fill his role and potentially get more scoring out of a much cheaper option in Emerson Etem.