Penguins acquire Zucker
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired veteran forward Jason Zucker from Minnesota, giving the Penguins’ top-six forward group a jolt as they prepare for a postseason push. Pittsburgh sent forward Alex Galchenyuk, defenseman prospect Calen Addison and a conditional 2020 first-round draft pick to the Wild in exchange for Zucker.
The 28-year-old Zucker has 14 goals and 15 assists this season for Minnesota. Pittsburgh has spent the last five weeks looking to replace All-Star forward Jake Guentzel, who is out until late April after injuring his right shoulder on Dec. 30.
Zucker is signed through the 2022-23 season with an annual cap hit of $5.5 million.
The move sends Galchenyuk packing just seven months after the Penguins acquired him from Arizona in the deal that sent forward Phil Kessel to the Coyotes. Galchenyuk struggled to find a niche in Pittsburgh.