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Anaheim Ducks claim forward Niklas Hagman off waivers from Calgary Flames

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks have claimed forward Niklas Hagman off re-entry waivers from the Calgary Flames.

Hagman struggled this season in Calgary with one goal and three assists in eight games. He was assigned to the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat on Friday after clearing waivers.

Anaheim and Calgary will split the remainder of his US$3-million salary this season.

Flames general manager Jay Feaster said he met with Hagman last week to tell him he was trying to complete a trade but no one was willing to take on his contract.

"I advised Nik that upon clearing waivers we would place him on re-entry waivers and I gave him permission to speak with other teams," Feaster said in a statement Monday. "We are pleased for Nik that he was claimed and we wish him well."

Hagman had 11 goals and 16 assists in 71 contests with the Flames last season. He had his best season in 2009-10 when he registered 25 goals and 19 assists with Calgary and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Feaster said Hagman did not fit in the team's plans for the future.

"As a result of this transaction, we get a contract back and we gain additional cap space, both of which provide us with greater flexibility," he said.

Hagman played for Finland at the last three Winter Olympics. He won a silver medal in 2006 and a bronze medal last year.

He has recorded 282 points (139-143) in 707 career NHL games with Calgary, Toronto, Florida and Dallas.

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