The saga of Nick Bjugstad is over. The Penguins announced on Friday night that they would tackle the big center of the Minnesota Wild for a seventh round draft pick.
From Penn Media Release:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired a conditional 2021 draft pick from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Nick Bjugstad, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The Penguins are retaining a portion of Bjugstad’s salary for the 2020-21 season.
The conditional pick would give the Penguins five picks in the 2021 draft. In addition to the conditional pick, the Penguins currently own a second round, fifth round, and two seventh round picks in 2021.
This is the second time in the past year that Penn has missed a big salary for a seventh round pick, as you may remember he traded defenseman Eric Gudbranson and Anaheim for a minor leggar and late draft pick He had a gross of $ 4.0 million.
Interestingly, Pittsburgh will retain some salaries on Buzzstadt, although they have not officially revealed what that is. As we reported earlier today, a purchase this season would mean a $ 1.75 million cash outlay and a $ 4.1 million cap hit for Buzzstadt next door, which had another season. NHL teams can only hold a maximum of 50% of their salary, so the pen in the financial books will come forward on the money, no matter what the retention.
Otherwise, it is just another change that is certainly many more. Penn has stated that he wanted to be young and fast. Buzzstadt, 28, is not old at all, but he is 6’6 and a lumber skater who has undergone hernia surgery and then neck surgery in the past year and is not a leg raft at all.
It is a shame for Bjugstad that he could not stay healthy and possibly make a difference, in his heyday he was a 20-goal player with Florida and a career-high 49 points. Is not bad But he was not able to do it in Pittsburgh with just his body and cheated him to the tune of only 13 matches this season.
This move will clear the salary space and try to make Penn young and fast. Pittsburgh currently has $ 69.6 million in player hits, dedicated to 18 players next season. They still need to make several additional moves, including rounding out the goal and roster. The upper limit for the next season is $ 81.5 million, although the Pens reportedly will not be an absolute maximum team in the era of uncertainty concerning the Kovid for their revenue for the 2020-21 season.