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The Jason Zucker trade makes sense on every level

Jim Rutherford finally got him,

After months of rumors, speculation, and one vetoed attempt at acquiring Jason Zucker, the Pittsburgh Penguins finally acquired him this week when they sent Alex Galchencyuk, top prospect Calen Addison, and a conditional first-round draft pick to the Minnesota Wild for the speedy winger.

It is a deal that makes sense on every possible level for the Penguins, in both the short-and long-term outlooks.

Short-term, they simply needed this

As I wrote on Monday, the Penguins’ overall process and results were not exactly matching up in recent weeks.