Do the Tampa Bay Lightning have Brandon Hagel buyers remorse?

Published April 18, 2022 at 10:11

The National Hockey League's trade deadline this year was one of the craziest I can remember in recent years, not because of the players who were dealt, but the cost that had to be paid to add even a bottom 6 forward to your roster was astronomical.

One could argue that one of, if not the biggest trade of deadline, was when Brandon Hagel went from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Tampa Bay Lightning in what most considered at the time as an over payment even for a player with two years left on his deal. Originally, this was a marquee move for Tampa and it signified their intentions to go for a three-peat

Hagel was traded from Chicago to Tampa in exchange for 2 first-rounders, Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh, which is a steep price to pay for a young third-liner. Now, one has to wonder, do the Lightning feel they've gotten a fair return on investment?

Early returns would suggest that Hagel, 23, wasn't worth the the cost. In 15 games he has only 3 points with Tampa, all 3 of them goals. However, there are a couple things you have to remember here, a) he's a young guy who's learning to play a new system and b) Tampa has him for longer than just this year, he's not a rental. While the price may have been steep and he might not be producing well through the first 15 games of his Lightning career, I think it's important to remember that learning new systems take a long time in some cases.

One of the most concerning items for the Lightning is likely Hagel's ice time. While playing in Chicago, Hagel was seeing the ice 18 minutes per night, but is only seeing about 13 minutes per night in Tampa Bay.

It is very possible Hagel is struggling to make a similar impact in less minutes. But to add insult to all of this, Taylor Radysh has 8 points in 14 games since being dealt to the Blackhawks.

It would be unfair to judge this trade so soon, but it's very possible that if things don't turn around for Hagel this could be a bust for the Lightning.
April 18   |   204 answers
Do the Tampa Bay Lightning have Brandon Hagel buyers remorse?

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