Despite the risk of taking on a $5.5 million cap hit for another three seasons, and it's a big risk, what has drawn Zucker to the Penguins is how he can impact a game away from the puck if he's not producing offensively.
The 28-year-old winger has been a consistent presence in the Wild's top-six through the last few seasons and now has 14 goals and 29 points through 45 games this season.
The reason for this, as McKenzie mentions, is that the Penguins are looking to maximize their Stanley Cup window with both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in their lineup and neither Addison nor whichever prospect they take with the 2020 first-round pick in June are likely to contribute in the next season or two.More news: COVID-19: World Health Organization official name for Coronavirus
If Pittsburgh does not qualify for the playoffs this season, the Penguins will have the option to move the first-round selection to the Wild from the 2020 draft to the 2021.
The Penguins are four points behind the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division and they do hold a game-in-hand at the time of this trade.
In 45 games this season, Zucker has scored 14 goals and 29 points.
Addison was a second-round pick for the Penguins in 2018 and has yet to play in the National Hockey League. Guerin told the Wild he'd give them as much time as he could to catch up in the Western Conference, and they entered the week just four points out of a wild card spot.More news: Billionaire Bezos buys estate for $165 mn
Galchenyuk, 25, had five goals and 12 assists in 45 games with the Penguins this season after scoring 19 goals with 22 assists in 72 games last season in Arizona.
The only current National Hockey League player heading to the Wild in this trade is Alex Galchenyuk.
Getting a first-round pick and a good prospect in Addison while also acquiring half a season of Galchenyuk is a good return for the Wild.
With the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL this season, Addison has 10 goals and 43 points through 39 games. His playing time decreased as the season wore on.More news: Trump praises Barr, attacks prosecutors in Roger Stone case