The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Tanner Pearson from the Los Angeles Kings. In return, the Penguins send F Carl Hagelin to LA.
Pearson has been involved in many trade talks since the beginning of the 2018-19 season.
Through 17 games, Pearson has one assist and posted a -9 plus/minus rating.
This deal is likely the first of many for a Penguins team in need of a shake-up, and it seems that Pearson himself was in need of a change of scenery. Both the Penguins and Kings have started the season underwhelmingly, resulting in the firing of Kings' head coach John Stevens.
Hagelin has spent the last three years with the Penguins winning two Stanley Cups. Through 16 games this year, Hagelin has a goal and two assists with a +2 plus/minus rating. His lack of production has led to another a change of scenery for himself, after being traded to the Penguins midway through the 15-16 season, after failing to produce in Anaheim.
Hagelin will be a UFA at the end of this season, and Pearson is signed through 2021 at 3.75 million AAV. The Penguins will retain 250k of Hagelin's 4.0 million AAV contract, so there are no salary cap implications on this trade.
The trade comes hours after the Penguins announced that they signed a three-year contract extension with General Manager Jim Rutherford, who has won two Stanley cups with the team.