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Carl Hagelin traded to the Washington Capitals for draft picks

As expected, the speedy winger is heading out of town.

Los Angeles Kings v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

As initially speculated yesterday by Eliotte Friedman, the Kings have traded Carl Hagelin to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a third round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. For the Kings to receive the 2020 pick, the Capitals mist win two rounds and Hagelin must play in at least 50% of any two rounds combined, per Pierre LeBrun.

LeBrun also reported that the Kings are retaining 50% of Hagelin’s salary and cap hit for the remainder of the season.

Hagelin is a known figure to the Capitals, but from the opposing side of the ice: as a former New York Ranger and Pittsburgh Penguin, Hagelin has seen lots of the Capitals in the post-season.

Hagelin, acquired by the Kings in November in the Tanner Pearson trade, put up five points (one goal, four assists) in 22 games for the Kings. He has eight points overall on the season, having recorded one goal and two assists while with the Penguins. The speedy Swede missed all of December with an MCL sprain, denying the Kings the chance to ever really get to see what he has to offer. He was developing some chemistry with Adrian Kempe, but is probably most desirable to the Capitals for his skill on the penalty kill.

The Kings continue to acquire draft picks for the 2019 draft in order to help restock their prospect pipeline. They currently have 10 picks in 2019, with two in the first, two in the third, and two in the fourth.

Good luck to Hagelin with the Washington Capitals!