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Ducks Trade Rakell to Penguins for Aston-Reese, Prospect, Pick

The Anaheim Ducks have continued their massive selling spree on Monday, trading forward Rickard Rakell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Zach Aston-Reese, a 2022 second-round pick and Calle Clang.
Rickard Rakell

The Anaheim Ducks have continued their massive selling spree on Monday, trading forward Rickard Rakell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Zach Aston-Reese, Dominik Simon, a 2022 second-round pick and goaltending prospect Calle Clang.

Like most of the Ducks' trade chips this season, Rakell has not performed as well in recent years as he did during Anaheim's contention window in the mid-2010s, with the 28-year-old racking up 28 points in 51 points this season while averaging a touch above 18 minutes per night. 

Regardless, Rakell is still an effective middle-six scorer who will now be surrounded by far better teammates in Pittsburgh than he was with the Ducks, possibly factoring into one of the Penguins' top two lines alongside Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin as the team heads into the playoffs.  

Rakell was given heavily offensive-focused minutes with the Ducks this season, beginning 63.4 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone. If dropped lower in the Penguins' lineup, Rakell may be able to be sheltered to a similar degree, perhaps even maximizing his production thanks to the higher caliber of linemates he's surrounded with. 

Set to become an unrestricted free agent at year's end, Rakell could be a pure rental for a Penguins team hoping to make the most out of the remaining years of Crosby and Malkin's careers. He's one of the better depth adds of the deadline this year, and should help Pittsburgh round out their offensive attack as they head down a tight Metropolitan Division stretch drive and into the playoffs. 

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