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Friedman: Penguins Pursuing Jason Zucker

According to Elliotte Friedman in his 31 Thoughts Blog, the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to pursue Jason Zucker, but with Minnesota sitting 7 points back of the final wildcard spot with 3 games in hand, the Wild aren’t ready to start shipping out roster players.

Zucker, 28, has 13 goals and 14 assists in 39 games for the Wild this season. He is signed through 2022-23 at a cap hit of $5.5 million.

Minnesota had previously agreed to trade Zucker to the Penguins last summer as part of a Phil Kessel trade, but Kessel exercised his no-trade protection to stop the trade. The Wild also nearly traded Zucker to the Flames at last season’s trade deadline, but the deal fell through due to a “timing issue”.

Chris Stewart Traded to Minnesota

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Image from Resolute via Wikimedia Commons

Chris Stewart has been traded to Minnesota in exchange for a 2017 2nd round pick.

Stewart has been bandied around in trade rumors since he’s gone to Buffalo in the Ryan Miller trade. In 61 games this season, Stewart has 11 goals and 14 assists.

Michael Russo reports that the Sabres are retaining half of Stewart’s contract.

Jordan Leopold Traded to Wild

Jordan Leopold has been traded to the Wild for Justin Falk and a 5th round pick.

Wild Acquire Sean Bergenheim

The Minnesota Wild have acquired Sean Bergenheim from the Wild along with a 2016 7th round pick for a 2016 3rd round pick.

Bergenheim has 8 goals and 10 assists in 39 games in 2014-15. He’s been held out of the Panthers lineup for several games after requesting a trade.

Personally, I believe Bergenheim will prove to be one of the more cost-effective additions before the trade deadline.

Wild Acquire Devan Dubnyk

The Wild have acquired Devan Dubnyk from the Coyotes for a 2015 3rd round pick, the team announced.

The Wild have been looking for goaltending for some time, and for good reason. The team currently sits last in the league in 5-on-5 SV% at 0.896. Niklas Backstrom, Darcy Kuemper and John Curry have all seen time in the Minnesota nets this season.

The third round pick is solid return on the Coyotes’ investment. After finishing the season with Hamilton of the AHL, Dubnyk’s only garnered a one-year, $800,000 commitment in free agency. Nineteen games later, the Coyotes gain a mid-to-high draft pick from trading him.

Insider Trading: Yeo, Williams, Methot, Sekera

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From January 13th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:

Pierre Lebrun reports that, despite all the talk and speculation to the contrary, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has no intention of firing head coach Mike Yeo, though he might not have a choice if owner Craig Leipold has other ideas.

Lebrun also reports that Thane Campbell, the agent for Justin Williams, has suspended contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Kings. He notes, however, that their latest offer to the Kings remains on the table should the Kings wish to accept it.

Bob McKenzie reports that the Kings are searching for defensive help with Slava Voynov out of the picture indefinitely. He notes that they are looking at Marc Methot of the Senators and Andrej Sekera of the Hurricanes

Dreger: Lucic Not Going Anywhere, Bruins Discussing Other Trade Options

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Image from Dan4th Nicholas via Wikimedia Commons

During the first intermission of the Bruins and Penguins on NBC, Darren Dreger said that Milan Lucic won’t be moved as long as Peter Chiarelli is the team’s GM, though he adds the caveat “at least not in season” (though he says even an off-season move is unlikely). Dreger mentions Loui Eriksson and Ryan Spooner as two Bruins who could be moved. He says that Chiarelli has talked to St. Louis, Vancouver and Arizona about making a move.

Dreger goes on to say he doesn’t get the sense that Mike Yeo’s job is in jeopardy in Minnesota. He notes that GM Chuck Fletcher is looking to improve his team’s goaltending.

Wild Shopping for Left Defenseman

According to Mike Russo of the Star-Tribune, the Minnesota Wild are shopping for a left-defenseman. The team has been playing right-handed shooting Nate Prosser as the third pairing left defenseman “almost every night” since Keith Ballard went out early last month with a concussion and facial fractures.

Depth on the left side shouldn’t be too hard to find if the Wild are so motivated. Right-handed defensemen are far more scarce a resource around the league.


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