In Jason Zucker deal, Penguins’ Jim Rutherford sticks to commerce tendency

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Jim Rutherford wasn’t merely being optimistic. He was outright boastful.

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ common supervisor urged his midseason acquisition may very well be a member of the franchise for greater than half a decade.

“He’s coming into the prime of his profession,” Rutherford mentioned. “So long as the contract works out longterm and he suits right here, he may very well be participant right here for six, seven years.”

Jason Zucker? No.

David Perron.

After buying Perron, a top-six winger, on Jan. 2, 2015, Rutherford spoke with reporters the subsequent day and weighed the ramification of dealing the 2015 first-round draft decide they despatched to the Edmonton Oilers for the winger who was solely 26 on the time.

Because it turned out, Perron barely lasted one 12 months when he was dealt Jan. 16, 2016, to the Anaheim Geese in a deal that introduced in ahead Carl Hagelin, a participant who was a significant part within the franchise’s back-to-back Stanley Cup championships of 2016 and ’17.

However the Perron commerce established a sample for Rutherford that he maintained Monday when he acquired Zucker, one other top-six winger, for a 2020 first-rounder and defensive prospect Calen Addison (to say nothing of disappointing ahead Alex Galchenyuk).

Rutherford extra typically will go after gamers who’ve time left on their contract or a pending restricted free agent earlier than pursuing a participant who’s scheduled to develop into an unrestricted free agent in a handful of months.

There have been various levels of success with this method. However Rutherford has been per this modus operandi in the case of offers upfront of the commerce deadline.

Right here’s a quick historical past of these trades:


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David Perron

Date: Jan. 2, 2015

The commerce: The Penguins purchase ahead David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers in alternate for ahead Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round draft decide.

The contract: Perron was within the third 12 months of a four-year contract with a salary-cap hit of $3,812,500 million.

The end result: Perron confirmed some early flashes of his expert brilliance with a decent 22 factors in 43 video games with the Penguins in 2014-15. He by no means discovered any traction in 2015-16. Falling out of favor with new coach Mike Sullivan, he was dealt to the Geese for Hagelin.


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Carl Hagelin

Date: Jan. 16, 2016

The commerce: The Penguins acquired Hagelin from the Anaheim Geese in alternate for Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening.

The contract: Hagelin was within the first 12 months of a four-year contract with a salary-cap hit of $Four million.

The end result: Hagelin helped rework the Penguins into, arguably, the quickest crew within the NHL as a key part of the famed HBK Line.


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Derick Brassard

Date: Feb. 23, 2018

The commerce: The Penguins acquired ahead Derick Brassard, defenseman Vincent Dunn and a 2018 third-round draft decide from the Ottawa Senators in alternate for defenseman Ian Cole, goaltender Filip Gustavsson, a 2018 first-round draft decide and a 2019 third-round draft decide. Moreover, the Penguins acquired ahead Tobias Lindberg from the Vegas Golden Knights, who took on 40 p.c of Brassard’s wage cap hit whereas additionally buying Reaves and a 2018 fourth-round draft decide from the Penguins.

The contract: Brassard was in 12 months Four of a five-year contract with a salary-cap hit of $5 million.

The end result: With designs of re-establishing the middle depth that allowed the crew to win consecutive Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and ’17, the Penguins hoped Brassard can be the proper No. Three middle behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He confirmed flashes of that whereas enjoying on a line with Phil Kessel, placing up eight factors in 14 video games. However a groin damage hobbled him late within the 2017-18 season. Coming into 2018-19, he by no means appeared to embrace the prospect of enjoying a complete season because the third middle and was moved in a multiplayer commerce by February of 2019.




Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann

Date: Feb. 1, 2019

The commerce: The Penguins acquired forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann from the Florida Panthers in alternate for Brassard, a 2019 second-round draft decide and two 2019 fourth-round draft picks.

The contracts: Bjugstad was within the fourth 12 months of a six-year contract with a salary-cap hit of $4.1 million. McCann was within the first 12 months of a two-year contract with a salary-cap hit of $1.25 million. He’s a pending restricted free agent this upcoming offseason.

The end result: McCann has been by far essentially the most profitable, and, not coincidentally, healthiest of the 2. Blessed with versatility, he has been a left winger for Crosby and a second- or third-line middle relying on different gamers’ well-being. This season, he’s fifth on the crew with 31 factors (14 targets, 17 assists) in 53 video games. Bjugstad confirmed some promise final season with 14 factors, together with 9 targets, in 32 video games with the Penguins whereas serving because the No. Three middle. However accidents have restricted him to 10 video games and one objective this season. His restoration from a core muscle damage he suffered Nov. 15 seemingly has regressed as he has not skated for a number of weeks.




Erik Gudbranson

Date: Feb. 25, 2019

The commerce: The Penguins acquired defenseman Erik Gudbranson from the Vancouver Canucks in alternate for ahead Tanner Pearson.

The contract: Gudbranson was within the first 12 months of a three-year contract with a salary-cap hit of $Four million.

The end result: Gudbranson primarily was introduced in as a result of he was wholesome, and the Penguins have been lacking a number of defenseman at the moment. A big presence at 6-foot-5, 217 kilos, he fashioned a 3rd defensive pairing with Marcus Pettersson within the remaining months of 2018-19. With the emergence of rookie defenseman John Marino, the Penguins traded Gudbranson on Oct. 25 with a view to develop into salary-cap compliant.


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Jason Zucker

Date: Jan. 10, 2020

The commerce: The Penguins acquired Zucker from the Wild in alternate for Addison, Galchenyuk and a conditional 2020 first-round draft decide that may be deferred to 2021 if the Penguins miss the playoffs this season.

The contract: Zucker is in 12 months 2 of a five-year contract with a salary-cap hit of $5.5 million.

The end result: Zucker made his Penguins debut Tuesday in a 2-1 additional time loss at dwelling to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Primarily enjoying on a line with Crosby, Zucker logged 15:26 on 20 shifts and recorded 5 pictures on 5 makes an attempt.

Seth Rorabaugh is a Tribune-Overview workers author. You possibly can contact Seth by e-mail at [email protected] or by way of Twitter .


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