Definitely a change of scenery move, but the Ducks get rid of Hagelin's $4 million salary over the next three seasons. I find it hard to believe the Penguins, with their cap as tight as it is, would take him in this deal.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks are hoping that a change of scenery will help their new players.

Early Saturday morning the teams completed a deal that will send David Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening to Anaheim, while speedy forward Carl Hagelin heads to Pittsburgh.

Perron, an unrestricted free agent after the season, was acquired by the Penguins nearly a year ago in exchange for a first-round draft pick but never really seemed to fit in with the team. After scoring eight points in his first six games after the trade, he finished with only 30 points over the 80 games that followed really struggled to find the net this season. He is definitely a skilled player, which the Ducks probably need given their scoring woes this season, but the talent hasn't always translated to goals or points in his career.

Clendening, a defenseman acquired by the Penguins over the summer in the Brandon Sutter trade, never seemed to gain the trust of two different head coaches in Pittsburgh and managed to play in just nine games on a defense that has been desperately lacking the type of puck-moving presense he could have provided. The fact he took five penalties in less than 120 minutes of ice-tie probably did not help him.

In return for those two, the Penguins are adding some much-needed speed to their lineup with Hagelin. But like Perron in Pittsburgh, he never seemed to adjust to his new team in Anaheim and managed just 12 points in 43 games with the Ducks after they acquired him from the New York Rangers over the summer.

He is still signed for three more seasons at a salary cap hit of $4 million per season.

The Penguins are gambling that Hagelin, 27, returns to the form he showed with the Rangers in recent years, when he was 17-goal scorer that was tough for opposing defenses to contain because of his speed. If he does that, it's a deal that could work out in the Penguins' favor. They were unlikely to re-sign Perron anyway, while Hagelin is still under team control for a couple of more years. But it's that latter point that could come back to hurt them if Hagelin continues to struggle to score like he did in Anaheim. If he doesn't return to his New York level of production (and now that he is in his late 20s that is far from a guarantee) it will likely be just another headache for their already crowded salary cap situation.

They still need to address their defense if they are going to make any kind of a move in the standings (or the playoffs) this season.

http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-...dam-clendening