PITTSBURGH — The hockey world has been buzzing all day as the NHL Trade Deadline wrapped up on Monday, with seemingly every team making some sort of deal.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are no exception.
The team announced around 5 p.m. that they acquired forward Rickard Rakell from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forwards Zach Aston-Reese and Dominik Simon, goaltender Calle Clang and a 2022 second-round draft pick.
The Penguins reported that Rakell is signed through the end of the current season and carries a $3,789,44 salary. Anaheim will retain 35% of the salary.
The 28-year-old forward has 16 goals, 12 assists and 28 points with the Ducks this season, including five power-play goals and one game-winning goal.
Rakell spent his eight seasons in the league with Anaheim, where he recorded a total of 154 goals, 185 assists and 339 points.
According to the Penguins, Rakell’s best season was in 2017-2018 when he got 34 goals, 35 assists and 69 points in 77 games. That season, he also recorded 8 power-play goals and 18 power-play points.
Rakell also has 11 goals, eight assists and 19 points in 46 career play-off games.
Rakell was originally drafted in the first round (30th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Ducks.
According to the team, Rakell was teammates with Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson (2017-19) and forward Danton Heinen (2019-21) with the Ducks.
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