Via flames.nhl.com: Forward Niklas Hagman was claimed off re-entry waivers by the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.
Hagman was placed on waivers by the Calgary Flames on November 10th. The 31-year-old from Espoo, Finland was unclaimed and sent down to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League. He was then placed on re-entry waivers where he was claimed by the Ducks.
“I met with Nik last Thursday when we placed him on waivers and told him we have been trying to trade him. While some teams expressed interest, no one was willing to take on the contract. I advised Nik that upon clearing waivers we would place him on re-entry waivers and I gave him permission to speak with other teams” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster.
“We are pleased for Nik that he was claimed and we wish him well. We feel we have prospects in Abbotsford who deserve a chance to come up and play, such as Paul Byron among others, and Nik did not fit in our plans going forward. As a result of this transaction, we get a contract back and we gain additional cap space, both of which provide us with greater flexibility.”
Hagman was acquired by the Flames in a 6-player trade with the Toronto maple Leafs along with Jamal Mayers, Matt Stajan and Ian White in exchange for Keith Aulie, Dion Phaneuf and Fredrik Sjostrom on January 31, 2010.
In eight games with the Flames this season he registered 1 goal and 3 assists.
I’m also happy for Niklas that he was claimed and will continue to play in the NHL. I think he’s talented enough to do it, but at the same time, his consistency (or lack of it) is something that I won’t miss. I’m also glad that the Flames managed to dump half of his $3M salary. That will come in handy later in the season… that is, unless we’ve traded everyone away and started this “rebuild” that everyone keeps talking about.