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2021 NHL Expansion Draft

Kingerski: Could Kraken Select Zucker, Penguins Swing Big Trade?

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The handwringing was understandable. After fans initially resisting the Pittsburgh Penguins contract for Brandon Tanev on July 1, 2019, the Penguins high-energy winger became a locker room and fan favorite. His nickname “Turbo” is apt as he’s become part of the Penguins heart with his blood-and-guts style of play.

He also may become a Seattle Kraken on Wednesday.

Seattle may also select Penguins LW Jason Zucker, meaning the Penguins get nothing for the winger for whom they sacrificed a first-round pick and top defenseman prospect Calen Addison.

But losing Zucker now would clear $5.5 million off the Penguins salary cap. Losing Tanev would purge $3.5 million.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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