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Stats ‘N’ At: Pearson/Hagelin, Steelers’ catches, Pirates at short

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Tanner Pearson, Vance McDonald and Kevin Newman. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

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With the Penguins looking as lifeless as they have since the waning days of the Mike Johnston era, Jim Rutherford indicated that he's ready to make marked changes to his team's roster. He started doing just that by shipping out Carl Hagelin -- a jet-propelled winger whose speed, transition game and penalty killing helped define the Penguins' playing style during their recent Stanley Cup runs -- to the Kings for Tanner Pearson.

Will Trader Jim's latest move improve the Penguins' odds of competing for Cups over the next few years?

Or will the club miss Hagelin's contributions, and wish that they had let the pending free agent play out the 2018-19 season in Pittsburgh?

If you think that the Penguins need to get younger and bolster their secondary scoring, you'll probably like the deal. If you're worried that the Penguins are slowing down and surrendering far too many scoring chances, you might not be so thrilled.

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