Kings Ship Pearson to Penguins for Hagelin
The Los Angeles Kings have traded left wing Tanner Pearson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for left wing Carl Hagelin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This deal sees two struggling teams swapping players who are having difficulty scoring in hopes the change of scenery improves their performance and that of their new clubs.
Pearson, 26, reached the 40-point plateau in 2016-17 and 2017-18 but has just one assist in 17 games with the Kings. Hagelin, 30, is the faster of the two and possesses better two-way skills but has just three points in 16 games with the Penguins.
Both have Stanley Cup experience. Pearson won a championship with the Kings in 2014 while Hagelin won consecutive Cups with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017.
The Penguins need for secondary scoring explains why they went after Pearson. Hagelin’s speed should provide a boost for a Kings team lacking in that department this season.
It remains to be seen, of course, which club benefits from this deal. With Pearson being four years younger than Hagelin, this could end up favoring the Penguins.