Breakdown: Lightning Acquire Hagel in Massive Deal

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced earlier that they have acquired 23-year-old left winger, Brandon Hagel of the Chicago Blackhawks, and two 4th round picks in 2022 and 2024, in exchange for Wingers Boris Katchouk, Taylor Raddysh, a 1st round pick in 2023, and a 1st round pick in 2024.

What Hagel is Bringing to Tampa

Hagel has had quite the season, scoring 21 goals and having 16 assists in 55 games played. With an average of 2.6 goals per game, it’s easy to see why the media is already calling him the “Coleman” of 2022.

General Manager Julien BriseBois has had a recent history of making these kinds of signings/trades during the trade deadline, and they certainly have paid off until now. It’s safe to say that without Blake Coleman, Barclay Goodrow, David Savard, and Zach Bogosian, the Tampa Bay Lightning would not have won either of the last two Stanely Cups.

Hagel is a middle-six forward who loves to attack off the rush, and he draws a lot of penalties which is great for offensive opportunities. He was one of the best forecheckers on the Blackhawks and is constantly disrupting attempts to exit the zone. His passing is key to his game, despite being more of a goalscorer. I’m personally very excited to see what the kid brings to Tampa and how this helps our chances of a repeat.

Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk formerly of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Photo Courtesy of: https://www.rawcharge.com/2021/10/26/22747004/rookies-taylor-raddysh-and-boris-katchouk-are-starting-to-settle-in-to-nhl-tampa-bay-lightning-stats

How Else Tampa Benefits In the Long-term

Despite having lost two young great players in Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh, The Bolts have freed up a ton of cap space that can be used to our advantage in the offseason. Both players make roughly $750k each, and Hagel is signed for $1.5m, which saves Tampa roughly $16,667.

That may not seem like much now, but for getting a “Yanni Gourde” or “Blake Coleman” type player, any money we save is a huge win. Hagel will be playing tomorrow night in Tampa’s tilt against the New York Rangers, so I’m sure we will be seeing the fruits of Julien BreisBois’s labor very soon.

Nick Krell

Born in Florida and raised in New England, Nick is an avid sports fan and athlete, having competed in several US States and in Europe, winning State Cup in soccer in CT. His love for hockey developed in his early teens supporting local Dartmouth College Hockey. His world experience from living in 4 different states and 2 Continents provides a unique insight into Sports culture around the world.

2 thoughts on “Breakdown: Lightning Acquire Hagel in Massive Deal

  1. Feel like we might have given up , just a little too much , in this deal , think we might regret , getting rid of Boris , him and Cirelli, constantly hustle, day in & day out !!!!! GO BOLTS 🏒🥅⛸🏆👍⚡👊👌🤙🇺🇸🕳🤯 !!!!!!!

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