They beat the league's top team on Sunday and just like that their goal differential improves to -95. Shea Weber's outlook doesn't look good and he's not expected back anytime soon. In dealing Jason Zucker to Pittsburgh, the Wild received a game-ready veteran replacement, a promising prospect and a first-round draft choice. The Preds continue to be a source of frustration. The Avs have been a streaky team but when they're on, they're dangerous. The Jason Zucker trade makes sense on every level. The first half of a four-game road trip has seen the Flames record back-to-back 6-2 wins in Vancouver and San Jose, so that's pretty good. So far, he's only succeeded in using the word "redacted" a lot. Trump, Biden go at it — from a distance — in town halls, Minn. 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That'll be just one more intriguing race to watch down the home stretch of this season, but there are other teams and storylines to get to in this week's edition of Power Rankings. Minnesota will receive Alex Galchenyuk, Calen Addison and a … Game 7' Williams retires after 19 NHL seasons, Kings acquire Olli Maatta from Blackhawks. Let's roll. Galchenyuk was later acquired by the Penguins in June 2018 via trade with the Coyotes. Minnesota picks ninth in the Oct. 9 NHL Draft while the Penguins own the 15th pick. The native of Newport Beach, Calif., has produced 243 points in 456 career NHL games. The Wild also acquire center Alex Galchenyuk and Calen Addison, a 20-year-old defenseman prospect. The sequence of events at the University of Florida is such that even Shakespeare would have a hard time deciding whether it is a comedy, a tragedy or simply history. Follow @randball on Twitter. His deal carries a $5.5 million salary cap hit and modified no-trade clause. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. That's always good. Zucker, 28, is a speedy and skilled winger that Pittsburgh has coveted since last summer, when it tried to trade Phil Kessel to land him. , Getty Images. Connor McDavid banged up his left knee again but I'm sure it's nothing to worry about. 9:18 pm ET, one more intriguing race to watch down the home stretch, Thornton to play with Swiss team, still eyes NHL, 'Mr. Considering the Habs were already a long shot to make the playoffs before this development, I'd say things look pretty bleak in that department now. On Monday night, … The Penguins acquired Jason Zucker in a trade with the Wild on Monday, Pittsburgh announced. The Wild should send Phil Kessel a fruit basket for blocking the trade that would have sent Jason Zucker to Pittsburgh last summer. In a quote that attached to Fenton and wouldn’t let go, the GM said of the straight up Granlund-for-Fiala swap: “I think this is fair market value. There might be some risk to it but it is worth it. They're on a good swing right now, winning four in a row and seven of their last eight. They're in the midst of a challenging stretch but they've averaged around four goals over their last six, winning four of those games. It was a move that immediately uproots Zucker from his home and family, as he's forced to leave his wife, Minnesota radio host Carly (Aplin) Zucker, and children behind. The Penguins acquired winger Jason Zucker… This week's analysis: The Lightning have lost just three games and have a +36 goal differential since Christmas. Monday's deal that sent forward Jason Zucker from the Wild to the Penguins was more than a hockey trade. Or is there a quarterback who has fallen out of favor elsewhere who could give the team more depth behind Kirk Cousins? They've won seven of their last 10 and aren't totally dead yet. Minnesota picks ninth in the Oct. 9 NHL Draft while the Penguins own the 15th pick. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: nhl | pageType: stories | The Stars are three points back of Colorado and six points back of St. Louis in the Central, so don't count them out if they can get their top guys going consistently. They also haven't won a game in regulation in two weeks. After nearly a year of speculation and trades almost going through, Jason Zucker was finally traded by the Minnesota Wild on February 10.. The Sharks are also a really interesting deadline team. Brenden Dillon is almost certainly a goner, but would they trade Joe Thornton and/or Patrick Marleau? On Monday, the Penguins acquired Jason Zucker from Minnesota in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk, prospect Calen Addison and a first-round pick in 2020. The bad news? Still confused how the hell the Blue Jackets are here? Anyway, this team still stinks. He was sent to the Arizona Coyotes for Max Domi in June 2018. They look good. According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, no salary was retained either way in the deal. Unfortunately, they're stuck in a brutal Metro Division and are likely about to pull the plug on this season by being significant sellers at the trade deadline. They're gonna want to be a little better on the road if they want to hang onto the Pacific throne, though. For Zucker, the Penguins […] Then they proceeded to drop two straight, including getting their doors blown off in Vancouver on Monday night. The Blackhawks did get two loser points in those losses and they're still only five points back of the final wild-card spot in the West, but they're going to need every point they can get. Definitely not worried. Two weeks before the trade deadline, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired a replacement for injured Jake Guentzel. They're losing ground in the Central with Colorado and Dallas right on their tails so they've got to figure things out sooner rather than later. In dealing Jason Zucker to Pittsburgh on Monday, Guerin executed a textbook “modern hockey trade” — getting a game-ready replacement for Zucker on … His career high of 64 points was set during the 2017-18 campaign. They capped a successful road trip (3-1-0) with a pounding of the Panthers in Florida but they've still only won four of their last 10. By Gretz Feb 12, 2020, 12:18pm EST … The Western Conference is so weird/bad. All Rights Reserved. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. Michael Rand started RandBall with hopes that he could convince the world to love jumpsuits as much as he does. Would the Vikings be willing to trade Kyle Rudolph? Same. Roope Hintz broke an eight-game goalless drought at a key time, scoring twice to help the Stars pick up a win over the Blues. Yes, they still have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and plenty of championship pedigree, but this has been no cake walk. It was refreshing by contrast, then, to see what new GM Bill Guerin was able to do in making his first major deal as the Wild’s head decision-maker. That's interesting. They've lost eight of their last nine and the offense has been really unreliable while Jordan Binnington has struggled -- not a great combination. The Jets have won three in a row and are now a single point out of the playoff picture. On the bright side, Vladimir Tarasenko is skating again. This is a hockey trade.”. Johnson caught the first four passes of his NFL career, good for a team-high 61 yards, Thursday against the Bears. Now that Zucker is in the fold, the Penguins have another legitimate threat to slot in on the wing beside Crosby and/or Malkin. All things considered, pretty much everyone over the age of 25 on that roster should be up for grabs if the deal is right. Minnesota acquired the pick in the trade that sent Jason Zucker to Pittsburgh on Feb. 10. He was a member of the Canadian team that won gold at the 2020 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic. The Wild gained payroll flexibility next year by getting Zucker’s contract off the books since Galchenyuk is on an expiring deal, and they created a top-six forward role that will hopefully be filled nicely next season if Kirill Kaprizov comes over from Russia. He has produced 313 points in 535 games played across his nine-season career. In trying to figure out what to make of the Vikings' 1-3 start, there are three general possibilities: *This is a bad team that is…. Now, with the help of a key acquisition this week, the Penguins looking to win that division. 6-keys: media/spln/nhl/reg/free/powerrankings, at Maybe there is hope for the future after all. The Jason Zucker trade makes sense on every level. They lost their final three games of a lengthy road trip and then fell apart late in a loss to Calgary at home, but they bounced back by smoking Nashville. There it is. Instead of some more high-priced vets that probably wouldn't do them much good, the Wild were able to get a low-risk player and a couple of strong futures for Zucker in their second try. They're still playing well and have the league's second-best point percentage since Christmas. New, 55 comments. Pittsburgh traded a first round pick to the Minnesota Wild in February as part of the return for Jason Zucker, but, this trade came with a condition. Poll: Which recent trade do you like best? section: | slug: nhl-power-rankings-does-the-penguins-trade-for-jason-zucker-push-make-them-metro-favorites | sport: hockey | route: | The Minnesota Wild have traded forward Jason Zucker to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk, a conditional 2020 first-round pick and defence prospect Calen Addison. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been one of the most surprising success stories of this NHL season. Not such a lock anymore. They improved their goaltending situation with the addition of Jack Campbell, and that's rather important considering their current situation.