Forward swap: Penguins acquire Pearson from Kings for Hagelin
Pittsburgh GM Rutherford pulls trigger after signing 3-year contract extension
The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded forward Carl Hagelin to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Tanner Pearson.
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.
Media: "Would you describe yourself as a patient GM?"<br><br>GM Jim Rutherford: "It depends on when you ask me. I think I'm a patient guy, but my patience is running out."—@penguins
Hornqvist on Rutherford shaking things up: “Honestly, he’s sending a big message to the group. We need to be better. We’ve played 16 games, and had maybe 5 good ones.”—@penguins
Hagelin, who is making $4 million US this season, is scheduled to become a free agent next summer.
"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.
🚨GOALIE GOAL ALERT🚨<br><br>Tristan Jarry gets a goal for the <a href="https://twitter.com/WBSPenguins?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WBSPenguins</a>, the first goalie goal in WBS history! <a href="https://t.co/cvMwvFqP61">pic.twitter.com/cvMwvFqP61</a>—@TheAHL
With files from CBC Sports