Penguins acquire Hainsey

[hide] The Pittsburgh Penguins eyeing a Ben Lovejoy type defenseman to bolster the PK, have acquired defenseman Ron Hainsey from the Carolina Hurricanes. According to Ren Lavoie of TVA Sports, the Hurricanes will receive a second round pick and minor leaguer Danny Kristo.

Additional details of the trade:
*The Penguins will send a 2017 second rounder to the Hurricanes.
*Carolina will retain 50% of Hainsey’s $2.83 million cap hit.

Hainsey has 4 goals and 10 assists and a minus-16 rating in 56 games for the Hurricanes. Playing a top-2 pairing role, Hainsey is averaging 22:19 per game of ice time this season and 3:03 per game on the penalty kill. Hainsey is averaging 1.6 blocks/G, with 92 blocked shots on the season.

Jim Rutherford is familiar with Hainsey, having signed him during the summer of 2013.

The 35 year old Hainsey is a free agent at seasons end. Hainsey has played in 891 career NHL games without appearing in a playoff game.

For the Penguins, defenseman Olli Maatta is out for most of the regular season due to hand surgery and defenseman Trevor Daley will miss six weeks due to knee surgery, the team announced.

Defenseman Justin Schultz out with a concussion, has been cleared to practice and could return Saturday night vs Philadelphia.