The salary-cap space the Ducks opened by trading Hagelin to the
"It was a definite plan to move finances that way," Murray said Saturday during a conference call with reporters. "The other thing is it's two players that are kind of a little bit different and probably both needed a little bit of a change. Hags was starting to fit in, starting to work here a little bit with [
Perron, 27, had no goals in his last 19 games with the Penguins and had four goals, 16 points and a minus-13 defensive rating in 43 games. However, he scored 28 goals as recently as 2013-14. That intrigued the Ducks, who are last in the
"He should be motivated," Murray said. "I think he definitely needed a change of scenery from Pittsburgh. I've seen him, we've all seen him get hot at times and we could use somebody to get really hot."
Both players were expected to arrive in Anaheim on Saturday.
Clendening, 23, played nine games for the Penguins this season and six for their top farm team. Murray said Clendening will stay with the Ducks for a while as insurance after defenseman
The Ducks will soon have an overflow on defense.
"I don't have anything going but we still have to get better," he said of completing more deals before the Feb. 29 trade deadline.
However, it seems unlikely Murray will acquire talented 20-year-old forward Jonathan Drouin, who asked the
"If you listen to everybody and listen to all the … we're one of the front runners in that aren't we in that? Every time I turn the page I hear we're making a deal with a certain team on the East Coast," Murray said.
"There's more than just him that's probably out there and available right now. Let's just leave it at that. We're looking at a whole bunch of things. We know he's there, but there's a few others out there, too, that haven't requested trades. Requesting trades on entry level, that's something new for you and I. ... Entry-level players requesting trades. Amazing."