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Ducks claim Hagman from Flames

The Calgary Flames will have more salary cap space after forward Niklas Hagman was claimed on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.
Niklas Hagman couldn't get his game untracked in Calgary in over 100 regular seasong games with the Flames. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

The Calgary Flames won't have to worry about shuttling Niklas Hagman back and forth to the minors anymore after the veteran forward was claimed on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

Calgary also clears some salary cap space in the process.

The Flames had waived Hagman last week for not the first time in his tenure in Calgary, and he was sent to Abbotsford of the American Hockey League.

General manager Jay Feaster said Monday the club had given Hagman permission to speak to other clubs at that point.

"We are pleased for Nik that he was claimed and we wish him well," said Feaster. "We feel we have prospects in Abbotsford who deserve a chance to come up and play, such as Paul Byron among others, and Nik did not fit in our plans going forward."

With re-entry waivers, Anaheim will pay half of Hagman's $3 million US salary this season. His contract expires at the end of this season.

Hagman had scored just 17 goals in 106 regular season games since coming over in the multi-player 2009-10 trade with Toronto that saw Dion Phaneuf head to the Maple Leafs.

The Finnish forward had averaged a goal just under every five games before the trade in a career that started in Florida and then Dallas.

Anaheim hopes that Hagman will be rejuvenated surrounded by countrymen on the Ducks such as Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu.