At the town hall in September, Jay Feaster was asked straight-up by one of the Flames’ loyalists “Who do you think will be the surprise player of the year?”
Feaster didn’t hesitate, “Niklas Hagman,” he said. And the crowd laughed.
“No really,” said Jay, and he went on to explain how Hagman was really disappointed in himself and that this year will be different.
Well, it wasn’t. After being put on waivers last week and sent down to Abbotsford of the AHL, Hagman was claimed on re-entry wavers by the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim and Calgary will split the remainder of his US$3-million salary this season.
Flames general manager Jay Feaster said he met with Hagman last week to tell him he was trying to complete a trade but no one was willing to take on his 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,” Feaster said in a statement Monday. “We are pleased for Nik that he was claimed and we wish him well.”
Feaster said Hagman did not fit in the team’s plans for the future.
My, how times do change.