Rakell traded to Penguins by Ducks for Aston-Reese, Simon

Rickard Rakell was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the Anaheim Ducks on Monday for forwards Zach Aston Reese, Dominique Simon and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Anaheim also received guard Calle Clang, an unsigned draft pick.

Rakell is in the final year of a six-year contract he signed with the Ducks on Oct. 14, 2016, and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Anaheim will keep 35% of his salary.

The 28-year-old forward has scored 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) in 51 games this season. He has finished among the Ducks’ top three scorers in each of the past four seasons.

Selected by Anaheim in the first round (30th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Rakell scored 339 points (154 goals, 185 assists) in 550 regular season games and 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 46 Stanley Cups . Elimination games.

Pittsburgh (38-16-9) is tied with the New York Rangers for second in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Aston-Reese has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 52 games this season. The 27-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Penguins on August 5, 2021 and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Signed by Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent on March 14, 2017, Aston-Reese has scored 62 points (29 goals, 33 assists) in 213 regular season games and four points (one goal, three assists) in 23 playoff games .

“Zach Aston-Reese has been a tremendous Penguin, and we thank him for all he has done for the organization,” Penguins general manager Ron Heztall said. “Dom Simon too.

Simon has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 55 games this season. The 27-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Penguins on July 28, 2021 and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Simon scored 73 points (22 goals, 51 assists) in 239 regular season games with the Penguins and Calgary Flames and four assists in 12 playoffs. Games.

Clang did not play in the NHL. The 19-year-old was drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round (77th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft and played for Rogle BK of the Swedish Hockey League, Sweden’s top professional league this season.

Anaheim (27-26-11) is seven points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for second wild card in the Western Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Ducks traded defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Boston Bruins and forward Nicolas Deslauriers at the Minnesota Wild on Saturday

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