Location, location, location.
Draft tables are arranged according to playoff finish — meaning the conference finalists, Anaheim and the New York Rangers, were in the same neighborhood at the NHL's entry draft in Sunrise, Florida.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray checked in Friday with the Rangers and found out speedy winger Carl Hagelin, a former Michigan star, might be available because the Rangers were uncertain they could sign their soon-to-be restricted free agent July 1.
"My ears perked up a little bit and I said, 'Ooh. We could use that speed and tenacity, the way he plays,' " Murray said.
They worked at a deal and by Saturday morning the Ducks had yet another Swedish player in the fold as Anaheim acquired Hagelin and two draft picks from the Rangers for youngster Emerson Etem and one draft choice.
If the Kings were the dominant news story on Day 1 of the draft — getting power forward Milan Lucic from the Bruins — their Southern California rival, the Ducks, were in the spotlight with two trades on Day 2.
Before the Hagelin deal, Murray added ntrigue to the goalie saga in Anaheim, getting goalie Anton Khudobin from Carolina for defenseman James Wisniewski (Canton), who was a healthy scratch during the playoffs.
With Hagelin, the Ducks might have acquired a replacement for the soon-to-be free agent Matt Beleskey.
Hagelin undoubtedly will get a chance to play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, giving him an opportunity to become a top-six forward again.
"Anaheim has an extremely good offensive core," Hagelin said. "They score a lot of goals and have some big players up front. I think with my speed, I could hopefully help out. Again, I played with some pretty skilled players with the New York Rangers when I played with (Brad) Richards, (Ryan) Callahan and (Marian) Gaborik.
"I'm ready for a challenge."
Kings waive Richards
Forward Mike Richards' career with the Kings is coming to an abrupt end.
The Kings placed Richards on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the remaining five years of his contract, according to multiple reports. Montreal forward P.A. Parenteau and Anaheim defenseman Mark Fistric have also reportedly been placed on unconditional waivers.
The players will spend 24 hours on waivers. If unclaimed, they will have their contracts bought out and become unrestricted free agents.
Richards is the most high-profile and priciest of the players hitting the market. He's in the midst of a $69 million, 12-year contract which runs out in 2020.
The NHL authorized recently the opening of the formal process to explore possible expansion and will begin accepting applications from interested ownership groups beginning July 6.
Although commissioner Gary Bettman repeatedly stated this does not mean the league will definitely expand, Las Vegas is a likely candidate. Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly said it has not been decided how many teams it might add, but any expansion team won't begin play before the 2017-18 season.
Ownership groups from Las Vegas, Seattle, Quebec City, Milwaukee, Portland and Kansas City have expressed interest. Any group granted a team would have to pay an expansion fee of at least $500 million, Bettman said.
Associated Press contributed