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Report: Penguins continue to pursue Zucker

The Pittsburgh Penguins remain interested in acquiring Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

However, the Wild "aren't yet ready to concede anything," Friedman adds.

Zucker was reportedly the main return in a potential deal between the two clubs that would have sent Phil Kessel to Minnesota last May. Kessel reportedly nixed the trade, however, and was ultimately dealt to the Arizona Coyotes at the end of June.

Minnesota has just three wins over its last 10 games and sits seven points back of the second Western Conference wild-card spot.

Zucker, 28, has hit the 20-goal mark in four of the last five campaigns and is on pace for 24 tallies this season despite missing 10 games with an injury. He ranks second among Wild forwards with 0.69 points per game through 39 contests.

The 5-foot-11 winger has three years remaining on his current deal beyond this season and carries an annual cap hit of $5.5 million. Pittsburgh has 1.9 million in projected cap space this season, but the Penguins could move Jake Guentzel's $6-million hit to long-term injured reserve in order to create more financial flexibility ahead of the playoffs.

Zucker's speed and skill could boost a Penguins team that owns one of the league's top offenses despite losing several key players to injury at various points this season. Pittsburgh sits seventh in league scoring with 3.30 goals per game and ranks third in both expected goals for and high-danger scoring chances at five-on-five, according to Natural Stat Trick.

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NHL podcast: Mike McKenna on burning buses, poke checks, Marc-Andre Fleury

Welcome to Puck Pursuit, a weekly interview-style podcast hosted by John Matisz, theScore's national hockey writer.

Subscribe to the show on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Former NHL goalie and Vegas Golden Knights TV analyst Mike McKenna joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including:

  • That one time the team bus caught on fire
  • If we should be labelling goalies "weird"
  • The lost art of the poke check
  • Golden Knights' recent coaching change
  • Watching Marc-Andre Fleury up close

...and more!

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Rangers’ Kreider to replace Panarin at All-Star Game

New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider will take teammate Artemi Panarin's place at the upcoming All-Star festivities in St. Louis, the NHL announced.

Panarin missed Tuesday's loss to the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury.

The Rangers superstar ranks among the league leaders in goals and points this season with 26 and 68, respectively, through 47 contests.

Panarin's in his first campaign with New York after inking a seven-year deal worth a reported $81.5 million as an unrestricted free agent back on July 1.

Kreider, a pending UFA himself, has collected 17 goals and 32 points in 48 games in 2019-20.

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Trotz: Barzal benched vs. Rangers for putting individual play ahead of team

New York Islanders star Mathew Barzal was benched for the majority of the third period of Tuesday's contest versus the New York Rangers for putting individual play ahead of the team, head coach Barry Trotz confirmed, per The Athletic's Arthur Staple.

Barzal had one 40 second shift in the final frame, and he sat for nearly 18 minutes as the Isles secured a 4-2 victory over their in-state rivals.

The 22-year-old had two assists in the first half of the game and drew some eyeballs on the highlight reel for a through-the-legs attempt that was thwarted by Rangers netminder Alexandar Georgiev.

The benching doesn't appear to be any sort of grand controversy, as Trotz said he was "ecstatic" the club secured two points in its final game before a break that extends until Feb. 1.

Barzal's recorded 42 points in 49 games this season, and he's headed to St. Louis for the All-Star Game this weekend.

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Quenneville expecting ‘fun night’ in return to Chicago

It's been quite a few years since Joel Quenneville found himself behind the visitors' bench at the United Center.

The Florida Panthers head coach is looking forward to Tuesday's matchup in Chicago, his first game there since serving as Blackhawks bench boss from 2008 until his dismissal in November 2018.

"I think it's going to be a fun night. The memories are so great - the moments, the people, the staff, the organization," Quenneville told NBC Sports Chicago.

He added, "You couldn't ask for a better 10 years of our life, or our coaching experience, or our families, or the opportunity to work with some of the best players to ever play the game."

Quenneville is the only coach in franchise history to capture multiple Stanley Cups, having won in 2010, 2013, and 2015. His 452 regular-season wins with the Blackhawks rank second in club history.

"Chicago's a special place to play and we had one of those memorable runs," said Quenneville, who previously served as head coach of the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche. "It was a privilege to be there. The franchise was the team of the decade and was very deserving."

When asked what he remembers most from his time with Chicago, Quenneville said it was the journey to each championship.

"Obviously the championships were significant achievements, and when you look back how each one was accomplished and how hard they were," the 61-year-old said. "All the things - the ups and downs of winning each one were the things that stand out the most."

In his first year with Florida, Quenneville has led the Panthers to a 27-16-5 record. The team occupies third place in the Atlantic Division entering Tuesday's action.

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Manning suspended 5 games by AHL for using racial slur

The American Hockey League has suspended Bakersfield Condors defenseman Brandon Manning for five games for directing a racial slur towards an opponent during Monday's game against the Ontario Reign.

The Condors are the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, while the Reign are the Los Angeles Kings' top farm team.

More to come.

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