Slumping Pens, Kings swap struggling forwards

A pair of struggling teams looking to jumpstart their sagging seasons traded a pair of struggling forwards on Wednesday, as the Pittsburgh Penguins shipped forward Carl Hagelin to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Tanner Pearson.

Both teams announced the deal early in the afternoon.

Hagelin, 30, has only one goal and two assists in 16 games this season. He had 31 points (10 G, 21 A) in 81 games last season and has 83 points in 195 games since joining the Penguins via trade in January 2016. He also has a pair of Stanley Cups with the club, winning in 2016 & ’17.

He was selected by the New York Rangers in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Draft and has 225 points (89 G, 136 A) in 504 career games with New York, Pittsburgh and Anaheim. He also has 47 points (22 G, 25 A) in 121 career postseason games.

Pearson, 26, has been with the Kings since they drafted him No. 30 overall in 2012. In 325 career games he has 144 points (69 G, 75 A), but he has yet to score a goal and has just one assist in 17 games this season. He has tallied at least 15 goals and 36 points in each of the previous three seasons.

The Penguins currently sit seventh in the Metropolitan Division with 17 points, while the Kings have the league’s worst record at 5-11-1, their 11 points four fewer than any other NHL team.

–Field Level Media

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