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Kings trade Tanner Pearson to Penguins for Carl Hagelin

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Alex Butler
Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin (62) looks on as Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) is slow to rise after colliding with Philadelphia Flyers center Jori Lehtera (15) during the first period in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI
Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin (62) looks on as Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) is slow to rise after colliding with Philadelphia Flyers center Jori Lehtera (15) during the first period in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Kings have traded Tanner Pearson to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Carl Hagelin.

Both franchises announced the trade Wednesday.

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"Our team is obviously not in a position that we are comfortable with in terms of how we are playing," Kings vice president and general manager Rob Blake told reporters.

"This is a change to our line-up that gives us an additional amount of speed. With Carl Hagelin his number one asset is speed and getting to holes, and we think he will play a big role on the penalty kill for us going forward."

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Pearson, 26, had 69 goals and 144 points in 325 games in his six seasons with the Kings. He had a career-high 24 goals and 44 points during his 2016-2017 campaign.

"He's able to play with their top guys [in LA]. I believe that a change will be good for him. He will be a good fit for us," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said, regarding Pearson. "He's a little bit younger than Carl -- he's a good all-around player."

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Hagelin, 30, has three points in 16 games this season. He has 225 points in 504 games during his eight-year NHL tenure for the New York Rangers, Penguins and Anaheim Ducks.

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The Penguins and Kings face off at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 in Pittsburgh. Los Angeles battles the Chicago Blackhawks at 8:30 p.m. on Friday while Pittsburgh host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 p.m. on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena.

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