The Penguins have acquired defenseman John Nyberg from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Oula Palve.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 17, 2020
Nyberg is signed through the end of the 2019.20 season and carries a value of $745,000 at the NHL level. He will report to the @WBSPenguins.https://t.co/VQTTKYIxCQ pic.twitter.com/FAIWidYrni
Palve, at 27, is playing in his first pro season in North America after starring in the Finnish league for several years. However he wasn’t much of an impact player, was barely on the NHL radar at all in training camp and quickly demoted. He didn’t find much footing in the AHL either, scoring just one goal and adding seven assists in 37 games. Plus/minus is a flawed stat but Palve was a -20 in Wilkes-Barre where only two other players were in double-digits, a sign that not much was going his way.
Nyberg is at least a bit younger, so there’s that going for the Pens. However his career has been low impact so far as well as the hockeydb resume shows:
Our SBN Dallas blog Defending Big D appears to not have mentioned Nyberg at all since November, but the line was positive saying he, “looks notably better this season compared to last” so maybe that’s a bit of hope as well. Obviously the Dallas front office didn’t see much of a future for him after almost two years in their club.
In the end, this is likely a very forgettable move, but we shall see how Nyberg does with a new organization and if he has any upside or future. Palve clearly didn’t have much of a meaningful future at all with the Pens’ organization so this might just be an “easy come, easy go” type of transaction that never gets referenced again at the NHL level. Nyberg, as the team announced, will report to Wilkes-Barre.