NHL Trade: The Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Erik Gudbranson to the Anaheim Ducks

The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded defenseman Erik Gudbranson to the Anaheim Ducks for left winger Andreas Martinsen and 2021 7th round pick.

The 27-year old Gudbranson was drafted 3rd overall in the 2010 draft by the Florida Panthers. He carries a $4 million cap hit through next season.

The 29-year old Martinsen was undrafted. He carries a $750,000 cap hit and will be a UFA at the end of the season.

Thoughts from the media

Pierre LeBrun: “The Ducks have had interest in Gudbranson for some time. The Manson injury obviously put those discussions into high gear.”

Bob McKenzie: “PIT has been working at this for awhile. Designed to give them more cap/roster flexibility.”

David Pagnotta: “This deal almost came together Tuesday, but needed a few more days to finalize. Ducks wanted to bolster blueline.”

Puck Pedia: “After trading Gudbranson ($4M Annual Cap Hit -$3.5M Remaining this yr) & Trotman off Season Opening IR ($150K), #LetsGoPens have $80.96M Projected Cap Hit w/ 21 (13F/7D/2G) on Active Roster. IR: Dumoulin, Bjugstad, Galchenyuk LTIR ($13M): Malkin, Rust”

Charlie O’Connor: “So for Pittsburgh:

Carl Hagelin turns into Tanner Pearson turns into Erik Gudbranson turns into Andreas Martinsen and a 7th

And that’s in one calendar year!”

Matt Larkin: “I don’t think he was the *right* guy to get, but Gudbranson acquisition sends interesting message: Ducks think they can compete this season and reacted quickly to Manson news.”

Adam Gretz: “I will say Gudbranson probably exceeded expectations for me. He wasn’t as good this year, but he was solid last year after the trade. Bad contract to add to a cash-strapped team and not a great fit for the style of play, but that’s not his fault.”

Andreas Martinsen (traded to Pittsburgh with a late pick) is a below-average forward. Erik Gudbranson, to Anaheim in return, is exceptionally, prodigiously bad. pic.twitter.com/ki6aYhoDNQ

— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) October 25, 2019


Erik Gudbranson

Andreas Martinsen