Pens Acquire Defenseman Ron Hainsey

The Penguins acquired defenseman Ron Hainsey from the Penguins in exchange for Daniel Kristo and a second round pick. The Hurricanes retained half of Hainsey’s salary.

The 35 year old defenseman, who turns 36 in March, has played in 891 career games. He’s never appeared in a playoff game.

In 56 games this season, Hainsey is a -16 with 4 goals and 14 points. He played 300 games in Carolina and had 58 points in that span. He leads the Hurricanes in blocked shots and hits over the course of this season.

The Penguins are in desperate need of a defenseman with Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley out for six weeks a piece. Justin Schultz and Kris Letang look to return relatively soon.

A defensive defenseman, Hainsey brings a long reach and an aggressive style to the Penguins with some veteran leadership. Despite never playing in a playoff game, he will be a welcomed addition to the team.

He’s just another penalty killing weapon who is more than willing to throw his body in front of a shot to help kill off a penalty. General manager Jim Rutherford went out and got his man and it’s expected he will make another move or two before the deadline.

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