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Florida/Pittsburgh Trade

 

added 12:30pm,

 

 

added 12:42pm, Pittsburgh release is below.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Derick BrassardRiley Sheahan and three 2019 draft picks, it was announced today by Penguins executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The 2019 draft picks the Penguins sent to the Panthers are a second-round selection and two fourth-rounders, the Pens' own selection and the Minnesota Wild's pick.

Bjugstad, 26, is signed through the 2020-21 campaign and he carries an average annual value of $4.1 million. McCann, 22, is signed through the 2019-20 season and he carries an average annual value of $1.25 million. McCann will be a restricted free agent upon the completion of his deal; Bjugstad will be an unrestricted free agent.

Both young forwards have played both center and on the wing this year for the Panthers. Bjugstad has won 51 percent of his draws thus far, the third time in four seasons he's had a success rate of 51 percent or higher.

Bjugstad, who stands 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, is in his sixth full NHL season. He had five goals and 12 points in 32 games with Florida this year. Last year he suited up for all 82 games, notching 19 goals and a career-best 49 points.

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the righthanded-shooting Bjugstad enjoyed his best season with the Panthers in 2014-15, scoring a career-high 24 goals and totaling 43 points in 72 games. In 394 career games, Bjugstad has tallied 87 goals, 104 assists and 191 points.

Twice Bjugstad has represented the United States in the World Championship, in 2013 and '17. He helped the Americans capture a bronze medal in '13. Bjugstad also skated in a pair of World Junior Championships for the U.S. in 2011 and '12. The Americans won bronze in '11. 

Originally drafted by Florida in the first round (19th overall) in 2010, Bjugstad played three seasons of college hockey at Minnesota before turning pro late in the 2012-13 campaign.

Bjugstad's father, Scott, was a right wing for the Penguins in 1988-99. Scott Bjugstad notched three goals in 24 games with Pittsburgh.

McCann, who stands 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, has eight goals and 18 points in 46 games this year. Last year was the best of his four-year career. He notched career highs across the board with nine goals, 19 assists, 28 points and a plus-11 in 68 games.

The lefthanded-shooting native of Stratford, Ontario has played in 212 career NHL games with the Panthers and Vancouver Canucks, totaling 27 goals and 71 points.

McCann skated for Canada in the 2014 Under-18 World Junior Championship, helping the Canadians win a bronze medal. He played three years of junior hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, where he made the OHL All-Rookie Team in 2012-13.

McCann was originally chosen by the Canucks in the first round (24th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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  Tags: derick+brassard, jared+mccann, nick+bjugstad, riley+sheahan

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Paul's avatar

Elliotte Friedman tweet,

FLA is getting PIT’s 2nd and 4th rounders, plus MIN’s 4th (previously acquired by the Penguins) as part of this deal. Lots of picks for the Panthers.

Both Brassard and Sheahan are UFA on July 1st.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/01/19 at 01:35 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Bob McKenzie tweet,

Key for FLA is shedding salary commitments beyond this season, getting flexibility to potentially take a run at pending UFAs Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky. Key for FLA was turning expiring contracts into younger contract players without taking an immediate step back now.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/01/19 at 01:39 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Weird deal all around.

So PIT gains two players that aren’t upcoming FA’s, which buys them time… while FLA gains cap space sooner to take runs at FA’s and… hope for the best?...

Posted by Primis on 02/01/19 at 02:47 PM ET

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Contrary to all the NHL” experts” Dale Tallon took Rutherford to the cleaners. Bjugstad is a big non-physical player who could not play center in Florida. Rookie Henrik Borgström took the number 3 center slot.The thought that Bjugstad will take the number 3 center slot in Pittsburgh is ridiculous.He may do well on the wing playing with Syd but not a NHL center. Jared McCann is a better center than Bjugstad but he too wasn’t good enough for number 3 center on Panthers. McCann is the better player of the two. He is young and in a couple years could be a real star but right now Derick Brassard, and Riley Sheahan are an upgrade for the Panthers. Straight up this might look like an even trade but throw in the 2ND round pick and two 4TH round pics and Tallon robbed Rutherford. If Panthers get on a run and look like they can make playoffs they can still add another player. I liked Pengiuns chances for playoff run but now not so much. My guess is by trade deadline Rutherford realizes his mistake and sends Bjugstad out west for a real NHL center. I wouldn’t have protected Bjugstad in the expansion draft, I thought that was a mistake. PS he does get injured a lot too.

Posted by Puckbubba on 02/03/19 at 02:35 PM ET

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