That’s it? Tanner Pearson for Carl Hagelin?
It’s difficult to find two prouder NHL franchises this decade than the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins. Yet here they were in mid-November swapping a one-goal scorer for a zero-goal scorer. Both players were key wingers on crucial lines during Stanley Cup runs within the past five years. Now, both were afterthoughts in a desperate, shrug-inducing trade.
The Kings, dead last in the NHL, had already fired coach John Stevens. Their refusal to shed the big, slow identity that won them Cups in 2012 and 2014 had finally dragged them underwater. Acquiring Hagelin, one of the sport’s fastest skaters, wouldn’t change that. Meanwhile, the Pens, tumbling down the Eastern Conference stairs, tried plugging a lunchpail digger into their lineup by a...
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