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Flames' Hagman clears waivers

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:22 PM ET

Niklas Hagmanís pride took a big hit by going through the waiver process unclaimed.

However, the Calgary Flames left winger is vowing to do his best to turn the page now that he remains with the team.

ďIt would have been nice if all 30 teams wanted me, but it is what it is, and itís in the past. Iíve just got to look to the future,Ē Hagman said.

ďItís part of hockey, itís not a nice part, but itís gone now. Iím still here. My goal is to help the team win, play as hard as I can and, hopefully, do a little bit better.Ē

The Flames could still assign Hagman to the minors if they decided before their next 10 games, but for now life remains status quo for the forward who was a key part in the trade which sent Dion Phaneuf to Toronto last season, but hasnít delivered.

Hagman, whoís now in a fourth-line role, went into Tuesday nightís game against the Boston Bruins with just nine goals and 24 points in 57 games this season, and just 14 tallies and 34 points in 84 games since the trade.

ďOn a selfish note, Iím glad heís still with us because he can certainly help our hockey team and I want to continue to work with him on it, to get his game at the level it needs to be,Ē said head coach Brent Sutter.

Hagman has a contract worth US$3 million for the 2011-12 season, and the team could have used the salary cap flexibility if he had been claimed.

However, if he can return to the form which saw him score 74 goals over the past three seasons, the Flames will be happy.

And forget those worries him being with the team after being waived makes for an awkward situation.

ďItís no problem at all,Ē Sutter said. ďHags and I had a long conversation and itís a non-issue. He understands what took place and why, but we need Hags to be a good player for us, and he will be.

ďHe knows he needs to do certain things, too, but itís a non-issue, heís a Calgary Flame and Iím happy heís still here.Ē

ďIíve got no hard feelings,Ē Hagman said. ďIím still here and Iím happy to be here. Itís a lot of good guys and the team is playing well. I believe the team is capable of winning, so Iíve got to do my job and help the team win.Ē

When on his game, Hagman can be a streaky scorer, strong defensively and gritty on the boards.

The production and determination havenít been there often enough lately.

ďI havenít made up that many points, having scored that many goals, but overall, (I must) bring a little bit more,Ē Hagman said. ďLately, I havenít played that much but have to make every shift count, try to get a hit or a shot, do whatever I can to keep us winning.

ďThe guys playing ahead of me are doing a really good job, so I have to work harder.Ē


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