Penguins acquires Wild’s Jason Zucker

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Pittsburgh Penguins pulled off a trade on Monday. The Penguins are bringing in a proven goal scorer in this deal with the Minnesota Twins.

Pittsburgh added forward Jason Zucker from Minnesota. In exchange, the Wild added center Alex Galchenyuk and defensive prospect Calen Addison.

Jason Zucker (Getty Images)

Minnesota also received a conditional first-round draft pick. If the Penguins make the playoffs this season, they have an opportunity to push the first-round pick to the NHL Draft in June 2021.

“He’s a proven goal scorer, and with three more years on his current contract, he has the potential to make an impact for us moving forward,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said.

The Penguins previously attempted to acquire Zucker in the off-season. However, those attempts were not successful when Phil Kessel elected to exercise his no-trade clause. 

Zucker has a cap hit of $5.5 million. Plus, he is signed for three more seasons besides this season.

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