Penguins Acquire Jason Zucker From Wild In Exchange For Alex Galchenyuk, Cale Addison, Conditional First-Round Pick

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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Monday night that they have acquired forward Jason Zucker from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center Alex Galchenyuk, defenseman Cale Addison, and a conditional 2020 first-round pick. If the Penguins miss the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the pick becomes a first-rounder in 2021.

Zucker, who has 14 goals, 29 points, and a -3 rating in 45 games this season, replaces forward Jake Guentzel, who is out for the remainder of the regular season after undergoing shoulder surgery on December 31. The 28-year-old recorded at least 21 goals and 42 points in each of the past three seasons, including setting career-highs with 33 goals and 64 points in 82 games in 2017-18.

In 456 career NHL games, the 59th overall pick of the 2010 Draft by the Wild has posted 132 goals, 243 points, and a +21 rating. In 31 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Zucker has recorded four goals, eight points, and a -9 rating. He won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community, last season.

After this season, Zucker will have three years remaining on a five-year contract that carries a $5.5 million cap hit.

After being acquired in the trade with the Arizona Coyotes involving forward Phil Kessel last June, Galchenyuk has struggled with the Penguins with just five goals, 17 points, and a -7 rating in 45 games. The 25-year-old has recorded 132 goals, 313 points, and a -60 rating in 535 career NHL games with the Penguins, Coyotes, and Montreal Canadiens, who drafted him third overall in 2012.

Addison, 19, has posted 10 goals, 43 points, and a +8 rating in 39 games with the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes and one goal, nine points, and a +4 rating in seven games with Canada at the World Juniors this season. The Penguins drafted him 53rd overall in 2018.

The Penguins currently average 3.30 goals-per-game, which is tied with the Boston Bruins for sixth in the NHL this season, and adding Zucker bolsters an extremely talented forward group. They are second in the Metropolitan Division with 73 points, four behind the Washington Capitals with two games in hand.

The Penguins’ first-round pick in 2019 was their first in five seasons and they may not own one this June.

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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6 Responses to Penguins Acquire Jason Zucker From Wild In Exchange For Alex Galchenyuk, Cale Addison, Conditional First-Round Pick

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    A lot to give up. Pens obviously going “all in” for this season.

    • Diane Doyle says:

      If any team can afford to go “all in”, it’s Pittsburgh. Wild fans initially down about deal but now figure Zucker’s seen better days. Still, it would be Pittsburgh’s luck that Zucker is their Guerin for this year.

    • James Lewis says:

      The Pens are always “all in”, Jon. They once dumped a coach midseason who had led them to the finals the year before because the team was currently underperforming. I’m no Penguin fan (a Caps fan couldn’t ever be), but I sure do admire how they go about their business.

  2. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Here we go again … with the Pittsburgh NHL franchise

    I gotta hand to these two guys, Jim Rutherford and Mario Lemieux

    Every year about this time, these two gifted gentlemen pull off one or more amazing “sweetheart deals” with co-conspirators in the NHL. Shortly after the “All Star Break” but well before the “Trading Deadline”, the intrepid leaders of the PIT franchise deftly rid themselves of one or two underperforming players — bad investments for short — and exchange them for an equal number of really GOOD players from some other team. It’s like clockwork. PIT gets better and the other team gets s*ckier. How do they do it?

    This year (yesterday), PIT has unloaded a fancy but underperfoming Forward named “Galchenyuk” and exchanged them with the Minnesota franchise for a really GOOD player named “Zucker.”

    So we examine our own home team, the Washington Capitals, hard-squeezed against the “Salary Cap” and sporting at least three players who have grossly underachieved this season, and whom they would dearly love to “unload” on another franchise. Fat chance!

    Somehow PIT is able to emulate the NE Patriots NFL franchise and successfully cheat, in both matters great and small. PIT “gets their man” every February and cruises into the Playoff Season with a full, healthy roster. Other teams can’t pawn off their poor performers for all the Snow Tires in Akron, OH. So it goes again this season. The Caps are toast, while PIT reigns supreme. Business as usual.

  3. ty wy says:

    Meanwhile Caps wont fire Rierden till its way too late and wont trade a valuable trade chip like Holtby. I also see McPhee fired his coach very late into the season. Something he never did in Washington. Sick of Leonsis. May have to find a new team…

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