Anaheim Ducks send Hagelin to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Perron, Clendening
The NHL never sleeps. There are always deals to be made.
Well past midnight, the Anaheim Ducks sent forward Carl Hagelin to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward David Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening.
No salary was retained in the deal on either side of the trade, according to Bob McKenzie.
The Penguins obviously like what they have seen from Hagelin, having faced off against him numerous times in his time with the New York Rangers. Hagelin signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Ducks prior to the start of the season. Hagelin doesn't become an unrestricted free agent until the end of the 2018-19 season, and he carries a no-trade clause starting next season. Perron becomes an unrestricted free agent following this season, and Clendening becomes a restricted free agent follow this season as well.
The Ducks acquired Hagelin earlier in the offseason, sending Emerson Etem to the Rangers. Hagelin managed to score just four goals and recorded eight assists in 43 games with Anaheim, well on pace for a single season low in production.
Perron is set to join his fourth team since the 2012-13 season. Perron originally was acquired by the Penguins in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers just last season. The Penguins sent Edmonton a 2015 first-round draft pick and defenseman Rob Klinkhammer in return for Perron. Perron was expected to slide in with Sidney Crosby to provide wing support, but the move never seemed to work out for the Penguins. Perron has just four goals this season.
Clendening was acquired by the Penguins in the 2015 offseason from the Vancouver Canucks. The Penguins sent Brandon Sutter and a third-round draft pick in 2016 for Clendening, Nick Bonino and a second-round pick in 2016.
The Ducks and the Penguins are both looking to jump start their offenses. Both Hagelin and Perron have provided goal support in the past, but this season has been a completely different story. Introducing the two to new systems could spark a bit of offense for both clubs.
Tommy Chalk writes about the NHL and NFL for FOX Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @Tommy_Chalk