Hagelin Is Traded, Ducks Create Cap Space

Photo: AP, Jae C. Hong

Photo: AP, Jae C. Hong

By Michael Walters

Late last night TSN’s Bob McKenzie announced that Carl Hagelin was traded to Pittsburgh for David Perron and Adam Clendening.

Perron (5/28/88) is a 6’0″ 200 lbs left winger that is right handed. He has been in the league for nine seasons playing for St. Louis, Edmonton, and Pittsburgh. He has played in 542 games and registered 133 goals and 179 assists for 312 total points. He has scored 20 or more goals in three seasons, with his best season coming in 2013-14 with Edmonton. He scored 28 goals that season.

Perron plays a grittier style of game that Hagelin. He can play both wing positions, giving Anaheim options in their lineup. He is a good playmaker and will go to the net. His drawback is his defensive zone coverage can be shaky at times. Recently he has been struggling to score goals, but he has scored 10 or more goals in seven of his previous eight seasons.

Clendening (10/26/92) is a 6’0″ 190 lbs defenseman that is right handed. He was selected 36th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He played on Chicago and Vancouver during the 2014-15 season. He had one goal and three assists for four points total that year. This season he has played in nine games with Pittsburgh registering one assist with a +/- of +3.

Clendening is a good two-way defenseman. He is a good passer with good offensive instincts and can quarterback a power play. The concern with him is his ability to defend against larger NHL forwards due to his size.

Why Trade Hagelin?

This season Hagelin recorded four goals and eight assists for 12 total points. He was on pace to earn about 24 points on the season. Over his last three full seasons (excluding shortened 2012-13 season), he averaged 36 points in New York. He played some on the season on the second line with Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg. He also played on the third line Shawn Horcoff and Andrew Cogliano. Hagelin played well defensively on both lines, but never seemed to find an consistent offensive game in Anaheim’s system.

Hagelin was expected to make $3.67 million each season for the next three years. According to NHLNumbers.com, Anaheim will drop $12.829 million in Hagelin’s salary over the rest of this year and the next three seasons combined. The Ducks have five restricted free agents(RFAs) this summer, Frederik Andersen, Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell, Jiri Sekac, and Sami Vatanen. It would have been extremely difficult for the Ducks to try keep all five of these players, while justifying the four year deal for Hagelin.

Overall this is a good deal for the Ducks for several reasons:

1. Bob Murray was able to get Anaheim out of the long term contract for Hagelin, creating room to sign the above mentioned RFAs.

2. Perron has a more grittier style of play and has put up similar numbers to Hagelin’s so far this season. He has struggled to score however, with his last goal coming on December 1st, 2015 against San Jose. He has six assists since that time.

3. Clendening is a depth move for the Anaheim blue line. He will likely play in San Diego. He does give Murray more options to trade another defenseman if necessary.

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4 thoughts on “Hagelin Is Traded, Ducks Create Cap Space

  1. With Simon getting close, and Cam probably three weeks out, adding this kid gives us a LOT of trade bait on the blue line going forward. I see Holzer, this new guy, and hopefully Bieksa as going on the block. If we can move Bieksa, that frees up a LOT of cap space for a big move.

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