PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins continued to reshape their roster with a couple of moves Tuesday morning.
According to the Penguins’ official website, they have traded Brandon Sutter to Vancouver in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2016 second round pick.
Pittsburgh is also sending a third round pick in 2016 to Vancouver as part of the deal.
General Manager Jim Rutherford said he had trade talks with Vancouver about Sutter a month before the NHL Draft.
Bonino is signed through the 2016-17 season and carries a cap hit of $1.9 million.
Last year, Bonino racked up 15 goals and 24 assists in 75 games. During the 2013-14 season with the Anaheim Ducks, he set career highs in goals (22) and assists (27).
Rutherford said he likes Bonino as a center, but he could move to a wing if needed. Rutherford also said Bonino is a very smart player that can kill penalties and could play on the second power play unit.
Clendening made his NHL debut as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks last year before being traded to Vancouver.
In 21 games with Chicago and Vancouver, Clendening recorded one goal and three assists.
In other news, the Penguins signed free agent forward Eric Fehr to a three-year, $6 million deal.
Fehr underwent elbow surgery on June 3, and is expected to be out for 4-5 months. Rutherford said he has no long-term concerns about Fehr’s health.
Last year, Fehr played 79 games with the Washington Capitals and tallied 19 goals and 14 assists.
The 29-year-old has played 454 games in the NHL and has scored 89 goals and added 88 assists.
As for where Fehr fits in the lineup, Rutherford said he’s good on defense, can kill penalties and could play in the top six, if necessary.
According to Rutherford, both of today’s transactions went hand-in-hand.
This is the second time Rutherford has traded Sutter. As general manager of the Hurricanes, Rutherford sent Sutter to Pittsburgh in the Jordan Staal deal.
“Believe it or not, Brandon Sutter is one of my favorite guys,” Rutherford said.
Pittsburgh also acquired defenseman Brian Dumoulin and the No. 8 overall pick, which they used to select defenseman Derrick Pouliot.
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