Isles Desire: 3.5/5
Elliotte Freidman casually dropped this one in his 31 thoughts piece this week. In his sixth point of 31, he muses about what the Wild will do with defenseman Jarred Spurgeon and drops this line about Zucker.
"It would be a surprise if Jason Zucker returned following last season’s aborted trade to Calgary."
According to The Athletic’s Michael Russo (subscription required) that trade to Calgary involved Michael Frolik and a draft pick of some sort going back to Minnesota.
Frolik is a 31-year-old winger with a year left on a deal that carries an AAV of $4.3 million and has never eclipsed 45 points in his 12 year NHL career. To be fair he has scored between 40-45 points in five seasons.
But you get the idea on the type of player that was going back Minnesota’s way.
Jason Zucker is a 27 years old winger. He’s scored 40 points or more in three of his five NHL seasons, including a 64 point effort in 2017-18. And he has a deal that carries a $5.5 million AAV through 2022-23.
I can see why Calgary desperately wanted to get that deal done.
The Islanders don’t have a Frolik type player that they can give up. But maybe a deal that includes Anthony Beauvillier and Michael Dal Colle gets the ball rolling for Minnesota?
Is that too much? I don’t think so. We still aren’t sure what Anthony Beauvillier is in the NHL he could be good, but he could also be a third liner. Michael Dal Colle has that fifth overall pick draft pedigree to his name, but he hasn’t done much since that draft almost five years ago. Losing both is something that the Islanders could absorb.