The Penguins have been linked to Jason Zucker because last summer time, when they tried to trade for the Minnesota Wild winger. On Monday night, they ultimately landed their guy.
The Minnesota Wild agreed to trade Zucker to Pittsburgh in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk, prospect Calen Addison and a first-round choose in 2020. No money was retained in the deal.
As a outcome of the trade, the Penguins beef up their forward group with the addition of Zucker, who has scored 90 objectives in the final three-and-a-half seasons with Minnesota. The 28-year-old winger is expected to slot into the Penguins’ leading-six, where he’ll have a excellent opportunity to generate even though playing alongside the likes of Sidney Crosby and/or Evgeni Malkin. He should be a welcome addition (and valuable insurance coverage) to a Pens’ offense that has been dinged up by important injuries all through the season.
It is also worth noting that Zucker is signed by way of the 2023 season with an annual cap hit of $five.5 million, which likely created it a small easier for Pittsburgh basic manager Jim Rutherford to portion methods with a best choose and Addison (a 2018 second-round pick) as he looked to improve the team at this year’s trade deadline.
The addition of Galchenyuk tends to make the income operate — he’s generating $four.9 million on the cap in the final year of his existing contract this year — but isn’t a massive loss for the Penguins. Galchenyuk has struggled to keep in the lineup for the Penguins and is now heading to his fourth team in the final three seasons.
Meanwhile, the Wild get some future assets (and a low danger add in Galchenyuk) even though shedding Zucker’s salary as they appear to retool in Minnesota. New Wild common manager Bill Guerin hasn’t been shy about wanting to shake factors up considering that taking the job this offseason, and now he’s taken a step in that path by swinging a large deal with his former club.
Pittsburgh was very first linked to Zucker over the summer when they attempted to trade Phil Kessel to Minnesota in exchange for Zucker. That deal fell by means of when Kessel utilized his no-trade clause and rejected the trade. In the end, the Penguins ended up dealing Kessel to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a package that centered about… Galchenyuk. Ironically, the primary piece of the Kessel trade now goes to Minnesota for Zucker.
It is a sturdy play for Pittsburgh as they sit second in the Metro division, 4 points behind the Washington Capitals. Minnesota is four points back of the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.