Hagelin nearing return to Rangers

October, 29, 2013
10/29/13
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NEW YORK -- The Rangers are sending Jesper Fast down to the minors, a good indication that Carl Hagelin is ready to return from the long-term injured reserve.

Hagelin, who missed the first ten games of the season while rehabbing his surgically-repaired shoulder, is eligible to come off LTIR on Tuesday, when the Rangers face the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Though Rangers coach Alain Vigneault didn't commit to Hagelin's return after Monday's 2-0 shutout loss to Montreal, he did admit that the young Swedish winger brings them a "speed dimension" that can help bolster an anemic Rangers offense.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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