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Forward swap: Penguins acquire Pearson from Kings for Hagelin

The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded forward Carl Hagelin to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Tanner Pearson. The 26-year-old Pearson has one assist in 17 games this season, while Hagelin has collected a goal and three points in 16 contests.

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Tanner Pearson is the newest Penguin, traded from the Kings to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for fellow struggling forward Carl Hagelin. The 26-year-old Pearson, who is making $4 million US this season, has one assist in 17 games. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded forward Carl Hagelin to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Tanner Pearson.

The 30-year-old Hagelin is off to a sluggish start for Pittsburgh this season, with just one goal and two assists in 16 games.

He played a pivotal role in Pittsburgh's run to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. His empty-net goal in Game 6 of the 2017 Cup Finals against Nashville assured the Penguins of a second straight title.

"This could be the start of more changes. We'll see how it goes. The way things have gone, it's obvious that we had make a change. I feel bad — Hagelin is a popular guy. I like him a lot personally. He was part of winning a Cup … but changes are necessary."

Hagelin, who is making $4 million US this season, is scheduled to become a free agent next summer.

The 26-year-old Pearson has one assist in 17 games for Los Angeles this season. He is signed through the 2020-21 season, and his contract carries an average annual value of $3.75 million.

"He's off to a slow start this year, but he's had a good career," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told reporters of Pearson. "I believe a change will be good for him and he'll be a good fit for us. He's a little younger than Carl, he's locked into a contract for a couple of years that we like.

Meanwhile, goalie Tristan Jarry, who appeared in 26 games last year for Pittsburgh, has started the season with its American Hockey League affiliate and on Wednesday scored the first goal by a netminder in franchise history.

With files from CBC Sports

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