The Penguins and Wild are talking trade. Read about it here: https://t.co/5N8PhuwHv7— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) May 23, 2019
The discussion is as follows:
The Wild would receive: Phil Kessel, and potentially Jack Johnson
The Penguins would receive: Jason Zucker, and potentially Victor Rask.
The potential pros for the Wild here are pretty numerous. Kessel has been nearly a point-per-game player for the Penguins over his four years in Pittsburgh, including 82 points in 82 games last year. He’s durable. He’s a scorer and a playmaker. And offloading Victor Rask allows Fenton to somewhat bury his blemish from last year when he acquired Rask for Nino Niederreiter, a trade that appears so far to be lopsidedly bad.
Kessel, however, is 31 years old. His defensive numbers (and effort) are sub-par. He tends to drive coaches crazy. And the other piece of the trade, defenseman Jack Johnson, is enigmatic at best, having struggled since signing a five-year deal last year. Is he one of those “change of scenery” guys? Who knows. Fenton’s track record with those types of players has been mixed so far. Donato, yes. Rask, no. Fiala? To be determined.
Now, this may be a moot point if Kessel doesn’t waive his no-trade clause ...
What I'm hearing: Kessel at the moment is not leaning towards waiving his NTC to go to Minnesota but that doesn't mean it ultimately couldn't happen eventually. However, there are a few clubs on his 8-team YES list that have contacted Pittsburgh so we'll see where that goes... https://t.co/i41y6sIIU3— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 23, 2019
However, with the trade on the table, what say you, Wild fans? What do we think of the potential deal?
Kessel/Johnson for Zucker/Rask...
This poll is closed
Love it. Pull the trigger now.
Like it. Not a slam dunk, but the Wild win this deal.
Meh. No one really wins here, or the benefits and negatives make it a wash.
Don’t really like it. There are pros, but they’re outweighed by significant negatives.
Hate this deal with the fire of a thousand suns.