Source: Hagelin cleared for contact

Carl Hagelin has been cleared for contact, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com Wednesday night.

The news was first reported by the New York Post.

Hagelin is currently on long-term injured reserve as he battles back from shoulder surgery this offseason. Because he was placed on LTIR to start the season, he is not eligible to return until Oct. 29, when the Rangers take on the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Hagelin's progress is good news for the Rangers, who have missed his speed and skill during what was a horrendous five-game road trip to start the season. The Blueshirts recovered with a well-rounded win over the Capitals on Wednesday to improve to 2-4-0.

The team will welcome Hagelin's return, especially considering they are without his fellow top-six forward, Rick Nash. Nash, who was placed on IR Monday, missed his third straight game since suffering a hit to the head last week.

Hagelin, 25, had 10 goals and 24 points in 48 games last season.