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Preds acquire Jason Zucker from Coyotes for pick

Feb 25, 2024; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Arizona Coyotes left wing Jason Zucker (16) looks on before a face off in the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at Canada Life Centre. Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

According to Elliotte Friedman, the Nashville Predators have acquired forward Jason Zucker from the Arizona Coyotes. This is added to the team’s moves yesterday; Zucker, whose contract expires at the end of the season, might be expected to serve as something of a replacement for Yakov Trenin. Pierre LeBrun reports that the exchange was for a sixth-round pick this year (originally from Dallas).

Zucker played for the Pittsburgh Penguins for four years before heading to Arizona, and was with the Minnesota Wild before that. He hasn’t had a great season with the Coyotes, but he’s still managed to put up 25 points in 51 games despite some very bad shooting luck while staying fairly close to the team as a whole in expected goal share. However, he’s also already hit a career high in penalty minutes, with 58–his previous high was 44 in a full 82-game season.

It’s difficult to tell what exactly the Coyotes have been doing, and the change of scenery may be what Zucker needs to get a fresh start.

Statistics from naturalstattrick.com. Additional background from hockeyviz.com.

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