The Ducks made a move to change up their NHL-worst offense when they acquired left wing David Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for left wing Carl Hagelin in a trade announced late Friday night.
Ducks General Manager Bob Murray and Pittsburgh General Manager Jim Rutherford finalized the trade via conference call following Anaheim’s 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. Murray is expected to comment Saturday.
Perron, 27, is a two-time 20-goal scorer with four goals and 12 assists in 43 games this season. He is known as one of the NHL’s better stickhandlers and has 133 goals in 542 NHL games with St. Louis, Edmonton and Pittsburgh.
The Ducks had been looking to mix up their forward group before the Feb. 29 trade deadline. They are averaging an NHL-low 1.95 goals a game and almost all of their offensive leaders have underachieved this season.
That includes Hagelin, 27, who had four goals and eight assists in 43 games with the Ducks. He had 17 goals and 18 assists with the New York Rangers last season and was expected to bring speed and elite penalty killing when he arrived in a late deal during the NHL draft last year for Emerson Etem and a second-round pick.
But Hagelin struggled from the outset and was tried on different lines earlier this season before Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau put him with Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg on a shutdown second line that recently had success.
Clendening, 23, has played nine games this season with one assist. He has one goal and four assists in 30 games with Pittsburgh, Vancouver and Chicago.
It is not known when Perron and Clendening will arrive in Anaheim. The Ducks play the Kings on Sunday at Honda Center.