February 3, 2019 | 2:58pm ET
PITTSBURGH AMONG TEAMS EYEING ZUCCARELLO?
Mats Zuccarello, right wing
Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford isn’t afraid to shake up his roster and has already completed multiple trades this season to do just that.
Most recently, the Penguins brought in forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann from the Florida Panthers, but they might not be done dealing.
The Penguins have been linked to having interest in New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello and the New York Post reports Pittsburgh has been “conducting due diligence” on the veteran forward.
Zuccarello, 31, has registered nine goals and 19 assists for 28 points in 37 games with the Rangers so far this season, 13 points of which have come in his last seven games. He currently sits No.6 on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.
The Penguins aren't the only team eyeing Zuccarello, though, as the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche are among the teams believed to also have interest.
The native of Oslo, Norway, is in the final-year of a four-year, $18 million contract and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
It’s unclear what the Rangers are specifically looking for in exchange for Zuccarello, though a package of draft picks and/or prospects seems like the expected ask.
In 500 career NHL regular-season games, to date, all with the Rangers, Zuccarello has accumulated 111 goals and 232 assists for 343 points.