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Ducks get Perron from Penguins in three-player trade

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The Anaheim Ducks have acquired forward David Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a trade for forward Carl Hagelin.

Perron, in his ninth NHL season and second with Pittsburgh, has four goals and 12 assists this season. He has 133 goals and 179 assists in his NHL career, including a high of 28 goals with the Edmonton Oilers in 2013-14.

"He should be motivated," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. "He needed a change of scenery, and we all know he can get hot. We need someone to get hot."

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The Ducks are 30th in the NHL averaging 1.95 goals per game.

Clendening, in his first season with the Penguins after playing 21 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks last season, had one assist and a plus-3 rating in nine games with Pittsburgh.

He'll help a Ducks defense hit hard by the losses of Cam Fowler and Simon Despres. Fowler, who is recovering from a knee injury, skated Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times, and Despres was loaned to San Diego of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment as he works his way back from a concussion.

Hagelin, who was traded by the New York Rangers to the Ducks on June 27 for forward Emerson Etem and a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, had four goals and eight assists in 43 games with Anaheim. He scored 58 regular-season goals in his four seasons with the Rangers and 12 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a series-clinching overtime goal against Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference First Round last season. He has a career plus-47 rating.

"He has a great hockey sense and can play with anyone," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He will help make us a better team."

Etem was traded by the Rangers to the Canucks on Jan. 8.

Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist, who trains with Hagelin during the summer, said he looks forward to welcoming his new teammate.

"He's a good friend. I think he'll fit in really well," Hornqvist said.

The Penguins and Ducks are each two points out of a wild-card spot in their respective conferences entering play Saturday, and Murray said Anaheim is still exploring changes it can make to the roster.

"We still have to get better," he said. "That's how I feel about our team. We still have to get better. My group is working at doing that. Things have started to finally move in the League. There are a lot more phone calls lately. We're going to attempt to get better here."

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