By WCCO-TVSeptember 11, 2020 at 9: 27 pmST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild got heart Reduce Bjugstad on Friday from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional resolution in the 2021 draft, a swap that capabilities the Penguins covering an unspecified portion of Bjugstad’s $5.25 million salary next season.
The 28-yr-regular Minnesota native played in just 13 games for the Penguins in the virus-shortened 2019-20 season. Most of his absence used to be resulting from a core muscle wretchedness that required surgical scheme. Then he suffered a phenomenal decrease-body wretchedness and did no longer return to action when the NHL initiated postseason play in the COVID-19 bubbles final month.
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Bjugstad will enter the closing yr of the six-yr, $24.6 million contract extension he signed with the Florida Panthers, who drafted him with the 19th total bewitch in 2010. Bjugstad had a occupation-only 49 aspects in 82 games with the Panthers in 2017-18, the one NHL season throughout which he has no longer omitted any time. He used to be traded to the Penguins in a four-player, three-bewitch exchange on Feb. 1, 2019.
Bjugstad, who has 97 desires, 110 assists and 681 hits in 439 occupation NHL games, will be asked to relish the aim of a checking heart with the Wild that can presumably be vacated by the retirement of longtime captain Mikko Koivu. The 37-yr-regular’s contract is expiring. He’s no longer anticipated to attain.
Bjugstad starred at Blaine Excessive College and the University of Minnesota.
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