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Penguins Trade Rumors: Tied to Toffoli and Zucker, Again

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Penguins trade target Jason Zucker
NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 09: Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) skates during the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the Minnesota Wild on February 9, 2019 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

The Pittsburgh Penguins trade rumors are increasing, even as GM Jim Rutherford has downplayed his activity. The Penguins will be without All-Star winger Jake Guentzel, who scored 40 goals last season and was the Penguins leading scorer this season. Speculation has persisted Rutherford will seek to replace Guentzel’s production.

But when?

Wednesday, the Penguins were linked to a pair of wingers, although it should be noted one link was speculative rather than a hard report of trade discussions.

In June, the Penguins agreed to a deal with Minnesota and their previous GM Paul Fenton to exchange Phil Kessel for winger Jason Zucker. Additional pieces may have been involved in the deal but Kessel invoked his modified no-trade clause.

Wednesday, The Athletic beat writer Michael Russo reported new Minnesota GM Bill Guerin is receiving interest in Zucker, including from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

‘I’m hearing Pittsburgh, which tried to get him for Phil Kessel, will show or has shown interest,” Russo wrote. The answer was part of a mailbag segment. Please view the full story here. 

Zucker is currently injured but has 24 points, including 12 goals in 34 games. He’s been a frequent linemate of Eric Staal and Mats Zuccarello, and Minnesota is under .500 in the nine games Zucker has missed.

Zucker, 27, is a fast, gritty left-handed shot who has a 30-goal season on his resume. Zucker is signed for three years beyond this season with an average annual cap hit of $5.5 million.

Penguins Trade Speculation: Tyler Toffoli

Toffoli is often linked to the Penguins, despite no trade reports or leaks the Penguins and LA Kings have actually discussed such a deal. Wednesday, TSN Insider Bob McKenzie laid out what he believes LA will want in return.

“The rebuild (in LA) continues. You’ve got an unrestricted free agent, Tyler Toffoli, at the end of the season.  He is going to be traded, there is no doubt about that,” McKenzie said during intermission on the NBCsn broadcast. “It’s either going to be for a second-round pick or a prospect. Or if things get pretty heated in terms of the numbers of teams that are after Toffoli, it could be both.”

Host Katherine Tappen added, “and as you mentioned on NHL Live, a possible landing spot for Toffoli could be Pittsburgh.”

Unfortunately, the video for NHL Live on Wednesday is not available.

Toffoli, 27, has 25 points (11g, 14a) in 44 games this season. He’s in his eighth pro season and won a Stanley Cup with LA in 2014. In 501 career NHL games, Toffoli has 281 points including 132 goals.

Toffoli is a right-handed RW who can get hot and pile up points but also can go long stretches without scoring. He skates well and also kills penalties. Toffoli will be a UFA after this season. His current salary is $4.6 million.

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Jc
Jc
1 year ago

I like the wheels on Zucker and probably fits the pens style right now more than Tyler and I believe would get a better deal slightly. Dan your thoughts of which guy would be a better fit and which one would be more likely to be in a pens sweater?

Dan Kingerski
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1 year ago
Reply to  Jc

I think Zucker would be a better fit, but I would be very hesitant to deal with that contract. $5.5 is a lot for a sub-50 point player.

Bred Musbsalad
Bred Musbsalad
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Check out his Even Strength production tho. It’s top line stuff.

HarkeyPuck
HarkeyPuck
1 year ago

Andreas Athanasiou

Bold Ruler
Bold Ruler
1 year ago

I’d love both players as long as Alex Galchenyuk and or Nick Bjugstad are also relinquished. Acquiring Jason Zucker would probably land the Wild a 1st round pick and a mid level prospect like PO Jospeh. I’d be okay with that.

Cal
Cal
1 year ago

Out of the two it has to be Zucker. He has 3 years of term after this year. Not a rental.

Edgar
Edgar
1 year ago

Zucker seems to be somewhat of a comparable to Kreider in boxcars? I don’t watch him all that much. I’d like the net front presence of Kreider more for the playoffs. Imagine one line with HQ and another with Kreider, and both of them on late when you need a goal? These guys are models of NHL playoff guys. So, if the price for Zucker is comparable for Kreider, I’d rather have the big guy.

John
John
1 year ago

I’d go with Kreider. PENS already have smaller talented players. One of the posters brought up a good point The Hornet and Kreider on different lines. Tough for teams to defend the PENS. Tanev too. GMJR has reshuffled the team to make it more difficult to play against. With a Jarry-good season, the Jar Heads will be out in full force. Sullivan has to be Coach Of The Year. Amazing coaching job with an armada of injuries.

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Thomas
Thomas
1 year ago

Does this guy ever have any real merit to his articles. Hes in the business of making stuff up.

Dan Kingerski
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1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

Your comment is confusing. Our staff writer merely posted a story which summarized McKenzie’s and Russo’s reports for Penguins fans. Seems to be misplaced trolling.

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