Anaheim and Pittsburgh swapped a pair of struggling forwards early Saturday morning.
The Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping a change of scenery will help a pair of struggling forwards.
The Ducks sent Carl Hagelin to the Penguins in exchange for David Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening following Anaheim’s 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars.
Ducks/Pens talked about Hagelin for 2 months, but couldn't find fit. Trade came together mid week. Pitt likes his speed. Better fit in east.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 16, 2016
Hagelin, who was acquired by Anaheim from the New York Rangers for Emerson Etem and a second-round pick at the 2015 draft last June, had just four goals and eight assists in 43 games with the Ducks.
The 27-year-old signed a new four-year, $16 million contract prior to the start of this season, which has a cap hit of $4 million.
The Penguins acquired Perron from the Edmonton Oilers last January. In 86 games with Pittsburgh the 27-year-old scored 16 goals and 38 points to go along with a minus-21 rating.
Perron has struggled to regain his scoring touch, which saw him score a career-best 28 goals during the 2013-14 season with the Oilers. He had gone 19 straight games without registering a goal prior to the trade. Perron has four goals and 12 assists in 43 games this season.
He is in the final year of his four-year, $15.25 million deal, which caries a cap hit of $3.8 million. Perron is set to become an unrestricted free agent following this season.
In case you were wondering, and who doesn’t wonder about this at 3 am ET/midnight PT, there was no salary retained in the PIT-ANA trade.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 16, 2016
For Clendening, the Ducks will be his fourth organization in two seasons. The 23-year-old started last season with the Blackhawks before being dealt to the Canucks. Vancouver included the blue liner in the Brandon Sutter trade.
Clendening had appeared in nine games with the Penguins this season registering an assist. He is set to become a restricted free agent following this season as his one-year, $761,250 deal is set to expire.