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Canucks trade Erik Gudbranson to Penguins for Tanner Pearson

Last Updated Feb 25, 2019 at 1:48 pm PDT

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

The Vancouver Canucks have traded veteran defenceman Erik Gudbranson to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Tanner Pearson.

Both players have two years remaining on their respective contracts. Gudbranson’s annual salary cap hit is $4 million, while Pearson’s is $3.75 million. There was no salary retention as part of this deal.

Gudbranson had been with the Canucks since 2016 after spending the first five years of his NHL career with the Florida Panthers. The 27-year-old has eight points, 83 penalty minutes and a league-worst minus-27 rating in 57 games this season.

This is the second time Pearson has been dealt this season. The 26-year-old winger was acquired by the Pens from the Kings in November after registering just one point in the first 17 games of the season. Pearson had nine goals and 14 points in the 44 games he played with the Penguins.