The Jim Rutherford Panic trades begin: David Perron and Adam Clendening for Carl Hagelin

Mercifully the David Perron era in Pittsburgh is over.

After trading a first round pick to get Perron last year, Jim Rutherford has seen enough.

At around 3:00am Saturday morning Rutherford traded Perron and little used Adam Clendening for Carl Hagelin.

Here is Hagelin’s stats:

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You may remember Hagelin from his murdering of the 2015 Penguins season:


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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 22: Carl Hagelin #26 of the Anaheim Ducks returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time as a member of the opposing team against the New York Rangers on December 22, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 22: Carl Hagelin #26 of the Anaheim Ducks returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time as a member of the opposing team against the New York Rangers on December 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Seth from Empty Netters take:

This strikes us as an exchange of two underachieving top-nine wingers with a side of a borderline NHL defenseman thrown in.

A vital part of the Rangers’ postseason success in recent seasons, Hagelin never found his groove with the Ducks this season. In fairness to Hagelin, he wasn’t the only one to struggle in Anaheim. A lot of the Ducks’ top offensive players have struggled to produce. 

Hagelin did not exactly thrive in a top-six role to start the season and has been used in a more traditional third-line role in recent weeks. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told the Orange County Register:

“We tried him first line, second line at the beginning of the year. Realized this is what he is. He’s a solid third-line guy who’s going to get between 13 and 18 goals probably in a year and be responsible. And he’s a really good penalty killer.”

 

Mike Darnay, a new blogger at Pensburgh loved the deal beyond belief:

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Summary

Boudreau’s comments up top are pretty much all you need to know. Hagelin’s basically a third liner, and a good penalty killer. We do know he is fast, but so is your mom’s car. Doesn’t mean they can succeed in the top 6 of the NHL.  The Penguins needed another top six, but instead got another Nick Bonino.

Look just getting rid of David Perron is probably a win, but why in the living fuck would you trade an expiring contract for a guy who’s never scored more than 20 goals, and is signed through 2019 with a NTC?

Edit: Thanks to Rage in the comments for finding this:

In regards to his NTC, I give you CBA 11.8: 

“If the Player is Traded or claimed on Waivers prior to the no-Trade or no-move clause taking effect, the clause does not bind the acquiring Club. An acquiring Club may agree to continue to be bound by the no-Trade or no-move clause, which agreement shall be evidenced in writing to the Player, Central Registry and the NHLPA, in accordance with Exhibit 3 hereof.”

Overall, it’s good to see Perron go, but really not sure of the allure of a 4-million-dollar third line penalty killer.

Would have rather ridden out the Perron contract and then worked with that cap space in the offseason.

We’ve been alluding to Jim Rutherford making a panic trade, and this is probably the first of another one. The trade speaks to what the Jim Rutherford era is.

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This Game as a Gif

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We’re in the middle of January now. From here to the trade deadline are the dog days of winter. We have no stats to back this up, but we feel this to be the most important stretch of any NHL season. It’s basically like saying a true judgment of character is what you do when no one’s watching. Carolina has a couple of games in hand, but they are no joke. Pens and Flyers play probably 10 times between now and mid-April. You can see the standings; what a logjam.

For the game itself, what else would you expect from a regular-season game in Carolina?

Although Carolina seems to have sucked forever now, they always give the Penguins a game.

Going into the game, there was a 100% chance that Eric Staal was gonna score, and he did. The Canes also got a goal off a horseshit deflection that snuck in OVERTOP of MAF. Kris Letang scored on the 2009 Caps Overtime Goal Play to make it 2-1. That all happened in the second period.

After Kevin Porter dumped the puck in for the 15th time, we decided to look up some great moments in Carolina history:

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Then came the third period. The Pens tied it.

And then came the 3-on-3 OT, and this tweet sums up the buildup to the OT nicely:

Jordan Staal ruined the OT by having Malkin hook him behind the net.

The ref said “Malkin” when assessing the penalty. Then went to the number:

 

The Good

Chris Kunitz scored his monthly goal, so people can pretend he is good again. ROOT Sports should make a tribute video for every time he scores.

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$4.0 million.


 

The Bad

David Perron.

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Two predictions for David Perron in 2016:

1. Mike Sullivan tries to kill him.

2. He signs with some bullshit team over the summer and scores 25 goals next season.

He might be one of the most miserable players we’ve seen in a Penguins uniform in a long, long time.


 

The Ugly

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The Defense

Do us a favor. Get every advanced stat you have that tells you the Penguins are “fine defensively.” Print them out, roll the papers up real tight, walk to your garage, get in your car, start it, and then sit there and die.

The Penguins defense is ugly. They get beat in transition, they struggle to get pucks out, etc. Ben Lovejoy continues to play 17+ minutes a night.

The state of the defense is going to cause Jim Rutherford to make a panic move. Just wait; it’s coming.

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The Penguins got a big point late, otherwise this would have been a shitty loss, especially going into Chicago tomorrow night.

We can’t state this enough, every game is just so huge. Here are the latest standings:

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Last year on Jan 5th the Penguins had 53 points. They finished with 98. 90 points is usually a make or break for the playoffs, you get where we are going with this.

Massive two points on the line in Chicago Wednesday night.


Things people will be talking about

Crosby’s back, jack.

Here’s a live look at Sidney Crosby and the NHL scoring leaders:

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A chunk into the third period, Crosby injected life back into the game with a snipe job and then almost brought the city to its knees 10 seconds later:

 

Crosby is cured of the Mike Johnston blues. Been fun to watch these last couple of games.


Kris Letang…has been outstanding

We’d have to go back and check, as if we give a fuck, but this is probably the first time we’ve said something nice about Kris Letang since he signed his contract. Even though he took a penalty, he was really good in this game. Letang fans like to say ” take the good and the bad,” what they forget is that he actually needs to do good stuff.

Right now he is. He tied the game with a simple, yet nasty shot, and he almost won it in a crazy OT session. We’ll take this Letang all day.

Bonus stunned gif:

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Ben Lovejoy, Ian Cole. Just not good.

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But seriously, the Penguins defense. Horrific at times. Ben Lovejoy isn’t good. He never was good, he’ll never be good. He was on the ice for two goals for this one. Kane turned Lovejoy into a Pixar movie for the first goal. The second goal was probably his fault too.

As for Ian Cole, he’s the real life version of Ken Kratz’s narrative in “Making of a Murderer.”

( two references, and so many more to come.)


Corey Crawford highlights

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Corey Crawford getting ready to make a big save.

 

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But Crawford standing tall.


David Perron might be the new Tyler Kennedy

David Perron has a case of the Tyler Kennedys right now. Everything’s going wide.

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Perron had a couple actually decent plays in this game. He had a sick saucer pass that somehow Crosby didn’t score on. Dude can’t catch a break.


3 ON 3 OT

We should just probably take video of the entire OT because it was really, really good. Fleury and Crawford both made unbelievable saves. Malkin, Crosby, Toews, Kane, Hossa, Letang, Kessel all had chances.

So of course some dude no one has ever heard of before goes thriller on MAF:

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Still a good point.

 


MISC

– Close to a half million Blackhawks fans were in attendance.

– Then the Pens got a power play. And then that got taken away because everyone is in love with Jonathan Toews.

 

– Have to admire the last of the hold-out yinzers who still boo Hossa. What a player.

– Quick turnaround tomorrow night.

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This ref summarizes 2015 in one GIF:

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Awesome.

Things everyone will be talking about from this game

– The Penguins make another shit goaltender look amazing.

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Last night Jonathan Bernier gave up six goals on 15 shots. In three of his last five games his save percentage is sub .890. In this game, his save percentage in this game: .951.

The Penguins had 41 shots, but Bernier trended against everything you know about him and played like 1986 Patrick Roy.

– Too many odd man breaks against.

This from War on Ice.

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Minutes of the game are on the bottom. Scoring chances on the left. Everything was close until about halfway in the third period. You can see that the Leafs climbed a good bit about around the 50 minutes mark, which included the Penguins powerplay, which about sums things up.

With the Penguins defense the way it is, there is nothing you can do. It’s bend but don’t break. And thank god for…

– Matt Murray saving the day

Murray did his best MAF impression, and kept the Penguins alive. He made his best save about eight minutes into the third period. The once lifeless Daniel Winnik, had a scoring chance right on the doorstep while shorthanded. Murray did this:

In the shootout Murray looked like Steven Avery and the Leafs won.

– Dion Phanuef made Mike Babcock mad

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Dion Phanuef sucks. He was up to his old tricks in this one. He wore Crosby and Malkin like a suit. Then he took some bizarre penalty. Mike Babcock wasn’t happy.

– Kris Letang Quiet Room Trip ™

Letang got boarded, again. Here’s the Sportsnet panel talking about it:

Some people didn’t like Darren Pang’s comments about the hit, but we think it’s fair. Real issue is at this point Kris Letang’s brain is going to be the star of “Concussion 2″ yikes.

– Crosby scored a nice goal, and had an assist. Here is a live reaction from Consol:

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– Standings:

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2016 should be something. Thanks to everyone who still bothers to read us for whatever reason. Hope 2016 is great for you.

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