By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Kings traded forward Tanner Pearson to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In exchange, the Kings are receiving winger Carl Hagelin.
It is a one-for-one deal. The Penguins have retained $250,000 in salary on Hagelin, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, to even the money on Pearson’s salary.
The 26-year-old Kitchener, Ontario, Canada native spent his tenure career with the Kings prior to this trade. He has appeared in 17 games with the team this season. He had one assist for one point. He also had a -9 in +/- and eight PIM (Penalties in Minutes)
“He’s able to play with their top guys [in LA],” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “I believe that a change will be good for him. He will be a good fit for us. He’s a little bit younger than Carl — he’s a good all-around player.”
In six seasons with the Kings, he appeared in 325 games. He had 69 goals and 75 assists for 144 points. He also had a 34 +/- and had 88 PIM.
Pearson was a member of the Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Championship team. He also led the team with 82 games played in 2017-18.
He is making $3.8 million this season. However, his current cap hit is $3.75 million.
The 30-year-old Sodertalje, Sweden native has now been traded for the third-time in his career. He was first traded on June 27th, 2015 from the New York Rangers, along with Julius Naatinen (second-round pick) and Garrett Metcalf (sixth-round pick) in the 2015 NHL Draft, to the Anaheim Ducks for Emerson Etem and Ryan Gropp (Florida Panthers’ second-round pick that was previously acquired).
He was then traded on January 16th, 2016 to the Penguins from the Ducks for David Perron and Adam Clendening.
With the Penguins, he was part of two Stanley Cup Championship teams in 2016 and 2017. His current salary is $3.666 million; however, his current cap hit is $4 million.
Hagelin has appeared in 16 games with the Penguins this season. He had one goal and two assists for three points. He also had a 2 +/- and 12 PIM.
In his career with the Penguins, he appeared in 195 games with 27 goals and 56 assists for 83 points. He also had 38 +/- and 74 PIM.
He also appeared in 266 games with the Rangers. He had 58 goals and 72 assists for 130 points. He also had 57 +/- and 132 PIM.
Hagelin appeared in just 43 games with the Ducks. He had four goals and eight assists for 12 points. He also had a -10 +/- and 14 PIM.