Ramblings: Hagelin and Pearson Traded; JvR; Crosby; Haula; Jokiharju; Heiskanen – November 15

Michael Clifford

2018-11-15

 

The big news from Wednesday was the trade of winger Carl Hagelin from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles in exchange for winger Tanner Pearson. Those two players have combined for one (1) goal this year between them. The former is a UFA after this season while the latter has two more years with an AAV of $3.75-million.

What I will say is this: from 2015-16 through 2017-18, Pearson scored 0.78 goals per 60 minutes at five-on-five. Among wingers, that ties him with Taylor Hall, and places him slightly ahead of Mike Hoffman and Jaden Schwartz, both at 0.76. It’s easy to look at his poor start this season and write him off, but this is a guy with a proven track record of being able to score well in the minutes allotted to him. He won’t see the top PP unit unless there are a handful of injuries, and if there are a handful of injuries, those top PP minutes might not be worth anything. Pearson will be a better real-life contributor than a fantasy one.

There’s no fantasy relevance for Hagelin. Don’t do it. Just don’t.

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So, uh, Sidney Crosby may or may not have an “upper-body injury.” Being intentionally vague is something we’ve grown accustomed to from NHL coaches and GMs but this is an exceptional circumstance given Crosby’s concussion history. A little more information would have been nice.

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There was a bit of a hubbub as Sebastian Aho was in a non-contact jersey for Carolina on Wednesday but coach Brind’Amour said that it was nothing. Aho just felt sore and rather than risk anything he just put Aho in a yellow jersey t