Penguins acquire Mikael Granlund, trade Teddy Blueger

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Apr 10, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Nashville Predators center Mikael Granlund (64) moves the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Rickard Rakell (67) during the third period at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forward Mikael Granlund from the Nashville Predators on Wednesday in exchange for a 2023 second-round draft pick.

Granlund, 31, recorded 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) in 58 games with Nashville this season. He is currently signed through the 2024-25 season and has an average annual value of $5 million.

“Mikael is a versatile forward, able to play either wing or center, and contribute offensively,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said. “He has experience on both the power play and penalty kill and can add options to our lineup.”

In 729 career games with the Minnesota Wild (2012-13 to 2018-19) and Nashville (2018-19 to 2022-23), Granlund has tallied 479 points (144 goals, 335 assists). He was a first-round draft pick (ninth overall) by the Wild in the 2010 draft.

Pens trade Teddy Blueger to Vegas

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Feb 26, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Teddy Blueger (53) reacts after scoring a goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Brian Elliott (1) during the second period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Vegas Golden Knights acquired forward Teddy Blueger from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday in exchange for defenseman Peter DiLiberatore.

The Penguins also get a 2024 third-round pick in the deal. DiLiberatore has yet to play in the NHL.

Blueger, 28, has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 45 games this season. He has 92 career points in four-plus seasons with the Penguins, who selected him in the second round of the 2012 draft. He made his NHL debut in the 2018-19 season.

“We are grateful for everything that Teddy has done for this team and the organization over the past 10 years,” Pittsburgh GM Ron Hextall said in a release. “He was one of our most reliable penalty killers and a consummate professional. We wish him nothing but the best going forward.”

DiLiberatore, 22, is signed through the 2022-23 season and has an average annual value of $925,000 at the NHL level. He will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

Vegas drafted him in the sixth round of the 2018 draft.

–Field Level Media