Penguins notebook: Perron-Hagelin trade a win-win for Pens, Ducks
An Anaheim Duck since mid-January, David Perron misses the Penguins' French-Canadian flavor and fondly recalls that when he joined the team in early 2015, fellow Quebec natives Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis allowed him to acclimate to new surroundings in a way he never did during stints in Edmonton and St. Louis.
But the winger, traded away Jan. 16, lacks a longing for the speed-oriented style that became the Penguins' signature under coach Mike Sullivan.
Neither side involved with the swap that sent Carl Hagelin to the Penguins and Perron to the Ducks looked like a loser in the deal when the teams crossed paths for the first time since the trade Monday at Consol Energy Center.
Hagelin, coveted for his speed and responsible for five assists in his first eight games with the Penguins, combined with Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin to create more rush opportunities and force more turnovers for the line.
Hagelin scored his first goal in nine games with the Penguins late in the first period Monday.
Perron, known mostly for his ability to control the puck, accumulated three goals and five assists in his first seven games with the more methodical, physical Ducks.
“It's all about my linemates, (Ryan Getzlaf and Chris Stewart),” Perron said. “Getzlaf, he slows the game down. He cycles the puck a lot. He hangs onto it. I think it's similar to the style of play I like to play. I think now in the league, most players try to speed it up. He's kind of a little bit old school still, and I like that.”
Perron suffered from an unusually low shooting percentage during the season's first few months. He tallied just four goals in 43 games with the Penguins, due in no small part to a shooting percentage of 4.2, well below his career average of 7.7.
His shooting percentage through seven games with the Ducks (23.1) undoubtedly will decline. But he's confident the lack of production he encountered with the Penguins won't reappear during his time with Anaheim — at least as long as they remain committed to a style that suits his pace taste.
“We grind it out a lot more,” Perron said. “At times, we'll know when to speed it up. But it's nice to see a guy (Getzlaf) that can slow it down and still make plays.”
Hagelin, meanwhile, continues to be just what Sullivan wants as a complementary piece to the Penguins' stars.
“They're different players in what they bring to the table,” Sullivan said in reference to Hagelin and Perron. “From Carl's standpoint, what he's brought to our team is just that speed factor that I think helps us keep the puck.”
Malkin still sidelined
Malkin's unspecified lower-body injury, suffered some time after the All-Star break,kept him out of the lineup Monday.
Sullivan described Malkin, who last practiced Wednesday and did not travel with the team for Friday and Saturday's games in Florida, as “day to day.”
With five goals and three assists in three games last week, Penguins center Sidney Crosby claimed the league's No. 1 star of the week, the NHL announced Monday.
Crosby logged his ninth career hat trick in a win over Ottawa on Tuesday and propelled the Penguins' comeback win over the Panthers with a goal and two assists Saturday.
His six-game goal streak entering Monday tied a career long. He had a six-game streak in December 2006.
Another player with a Pittsburgh connection landed in the league's weekly honors. Panthers center Vincent Trocheck garnered the Third Star nod.
Trocheck, an Upper St. Clair native, had three goals and three assists in three games last week.