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[Trade] Kings trade Tanner Pearson to Penguins for Carl Hagelin

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Hagelin is at 4M and a UFA at the end of the season.  He has 1 goal and 2 assists in 16 games.


Pearson still has 3 years left at 3.75M.  1 assist in 17 games this season.  Penguins must be confident that he can regain his form.

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Both players are off to slow starts, and both could use a change in scenery. Hagelin is a $4 million cap hit and Pearson is a $3.75 million cap hit. Base on history, Hagelin is the faster skater and Pearson have better hands in terms of scoring.


The difference to me is that Hagelin is a UFA after this year, while Pearson have 2 more years left in his current contract after this season. Kings doesn’t seem to believe Pearson can be a 20 goal scorer again for them in the near future, and it’s like a cap-dump move.


I predict the Kings will likely retain some salary and move Hagelin at the deadline for a mid-round pick or B level prospect to keep building towards the future. Penguins are hoping Pearson would be able to go back to be a 20 goal scorer playing with either Crosby/Malkin.



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