Hours after the Ducks took a 4-2 victory from the Dallas Stars on Friday at the Honda Center, the team announced it had traded left wing Carl Hagelin to the Pittsburgh Penguins for left wing David Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening. The trade was announced a few minutes before midnight.
Hagelin, 27, scored four goals and 12 points in 43 games with the Ducks, including an assist during Friday’s victory over the Stars. He had not produced as expected or needed for the underachieving Ducks (19-17-7), however. He had been playing on a line with fellow Swede Jakob Silfverberg on right wing and center Ryan Kesler.
“I think our line, we’re very good defensively, but we should have the skill to score some goals,” Silfverberg said Friday. “Lately, we’ve been finding some opportunities and putting some pucks in the net. I feel like this is a step in the right direction. If we keep playing like this we’re going to be a dangerous line.”
Perron, 27, had four goals and 16 points in 43 games this season with the Penguins. He is a more physical player than Hagelin and was second on the Penguins with 105 hits this season. He also is a three-time 20-goal scorer, and had a career-best 28 in 2013-14.
Clendening, 23, has score one goal and five points in 30 games in the NHL with the Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks. He made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks last season.
The Ducks acquired Hagelin last summer from the New York Rangers in exchange for Long Beach native Emerson Etem, a left wing.
The Ducks won the Stanley Cup championship in 2006-07 with a third line of Travis Moen, Sammy Pahlsson and Rob Niedermayer that shut down anyone and everyone they played against. Have the Ducks found a new third line capable of such blanket defensive coverage?
It sure seems that way, after Andrew Cogliano, Shawn Horcoff and Carl Hagelin helped to shut out the Sedin twins during the Ducks’ 4-0 victory Monday over the Vancouver Canucks. As a bonus, Horcoff scored the first goal of the game, with assists from Cogliano and Hagelin.
“It’s been good,” Horcoff said. “Since we started, we have chemistry right off the bat, almost immediately. Bruce (Boudreau, Ducks coach,) has given us a pretty role playing against top lines and wanting us to shut them down and do the best we can alongside (Ryan Kesler’s) line. With that, we’ve been able to produce some offense, which is nice.”
Here’s what Carl Hagelin had to say about his first preseason game with the Ducks, which included an empty-net goal in a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche:
“I was anxious to get out there and play. You realize how much you love the game when you go out there and play. Even though it was a preseason game, it felt really good to have played at least one game. We got the win and I though we had some pretty good puck possession.”
Hagelin also said, “You do a lot of 3-on-2s in practice, and all of a sudden, it’s 5-on-5. It’s going to be a process. I have to adjust to the people I play with, adjust to the system. I had an OK game.”
Hagelin played on the left wing, on a line with center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Chris Stewart. He played 16 minutes, 2 seconds. The Ducks acquired Hagelin from the New York Rangers during the off-season for Emerson Etem.
Key play: Mike Santorelli skated hard to the front of the net, picked up a rebound of a Nick Ritchie shot and beat Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead after only 4 minutes, 59 seconds of their exhibition game Thursday at the Honda Center. Shawn Horcoff and Carl Hagelin (empty net) also scored in the Ducks’ 3-0 victory.
Between the pipes: John Gibson started in goal for the Ducks, his second appearance of the preseason. He also faced the Avalanche in a 5-4 overtime loss Sept. 22 in Denver. Gibson stopped all 20 shots he faced in two periods of work, departing because he was “under the weather.” Anton Khudobin replaced him to start the third and made 11 saves.
Injury update: Defenseman Simon Despres suffered from general soreness and did not play against the Avalanche after sitting out of Wednesday’s practice. He last played against the Kings on Tuesday, a 2-1 victory in overtime at Staples Center.
Lineup news: Hagelin and defenseman Clayton Stoner made their exhibition debuts. Hagelin was brought along more slowly than his new teammates after he was acquired from the New York Rangers in a June trade. Stoner suffered from an upper-body injury.
Next: The Ducks play host to the San Jose Sharks in their exhibition finale Saturday.