Wild trade with Penguins for Minnesota native Nick Bjugstad

The Wild address their needs at center.
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The Minnesota Wild have traded with the Pittsburgh Penguins to bring Blaine native Nick Bjugstad back to Minnesota.

The Wild are giving Pittsburgh a conditional pick in the 2021 NHL Entry draft in exchange for the 6'6" center.

The 28-year-old struggled during his two years in Pittsburgh and was hampered by injury last season, but put up 49 points during his final year at the Florida Panthers.

Center is a position Bill Guerin was looking to upgrade, with Mikko Koivu reportedly not returning in the 2020-21 season.

Bjugstad will give the Wild more depth alongside Eric Staal and Joel Eriksson Ek.

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