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Flames' Hagman clears waivers

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:22 PM ET

Niklas Hagmans 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.

It would have been nice if all 30 teams wanted me, but it is what it is, and its in the past. Ive just got to look to the future, Hagman said.

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

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 hasnt delivered.

Hagman, whos now in a fourth-line role, went into Tuesday nights 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.

On a selfish note, Im glad hes 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, 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.

Its no problem at all, Sutter said. Hags and I had a long conversation and its 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.

He knows he needs to do certain things, too, but its a non-issue, hes a Calgary Flame and Im happy hes still here.

Ive got no hard feelings, Hagman said. Im still here and Im happy to be here. Its a lot of good guys and the team is playing well. I believe the team is capable of winning, so Ive got to do my job and help the team win.

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

The production and determination havent been there often enough lately.

I havent made up that many points, having scored that many goals, but overall, (I must) bring a little bit more, Hagman said. Lately, I havent 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.

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


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