Forward Nick Bjugstad, coming off an injury-filled season that ended with spinal surgery, was acquired by the Minnesota Wild from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Friday trade.
A Minneapolis native who played at the University of Minnesota, Bjugstad will be making a homecoming thanks to the trade.
The Penguins will receive a conditional 2021 draft pick, and they will pay a part of Bjugstad's 2020-21 salary.
Bjugstad, 28, managed only one goal and one assist in 13 games this season. He was slowed by a core muscle injury that kept him out for most of October and then sidelined him from mid-November to early March. He returned to play three games before the NHL was shut down in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bjugstad subsequently underwent spinal surgery this summer, but The Athletic reported earlier this week that he should be ready for the start of next season.
The Panthers made Bjugstad a first-round pick (19th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, and he played 6 1/2 seasons in Florida before joining Pittsburgh in a Feb. 1, 2019 trade.
In 394 career NHL games, Bjugstad has 87 goals and 104 assists. His career high for goals was 24 in 2014-15, and he posted a career-best 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists) in 2017-18.
--Field Level Media