In a move that will most likely upset Edmonton Oiler fans, the Penguins have acquired goal scoring left winger David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round draft pick.
According to the Penguins press release,
Perron is signed through the 2015-16 campaign and his contract has an average annual value of $3,812,500.
Perron, 26, has played the past two seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, appearing in a total of 116 games while registering 33 goals and 43 assists for 76 points. He established career highs with 28 goals and 57 points during the 2013-14 campaign. His 28 goals led all Edmonton players.
On the other side of the trade, the Oilers lose a top goal scorer and gain a journeyman in Rob Klinkhammer, who has played in 139 NHL games with Chicago, Arizona and Pittsburgh. He’s scored 39 points (20-19-39) and recorded 35 penalty minutes.
Klinkhammer was recently acquired by the Penguins in exchange for top prospect Phillip Samuelsson from the Arizona Coyotes but never found a solid place in the pens lineup.
With the Penguins being hampered by injuries and mumps, Perron will add a much needed top 6 winger to either the Malkin or Crosby line.
The Oilers gain an important 1st round draft pick, but will lose a top scorer in the rebuilding process.