The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Erik Gudbranson from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Tanner Pearson, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Gudbranson is signed through the 2020-21 campaign, and his deal carries an average annual value of $4 million.
The 6-foot-5, 217-pound Gudbranson is in his eighth NHL season. This year, he has suited up for 57 of the Canucks' 62 games, where he has registered eight points (2G-6A) and 83 penalty minutes while averaging 17:59 minutes per game. His 132 hits rank first among Vancouver defensemen and second overall on the team.
The 27-year-old Gudbranson has recorded a total of 62 points (16G-42A) in 448 career games between Florida and Vancouver. He has appeared in 13 career postseason contests, all with Florida.
The righthanded-shooting, Ottawa, Ontario native helped Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2011 World Junior Championship, where he recorded five points (3G-2A) in seven games.
Gudbranson was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers with the third-overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft. He was later acquired by Vancouver in 2016 in a trade that included current Penguin, former Panther, Jared McCann.