The Dallas Stars have acquired Oula Palve from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for John Nyberg, a swap of two players in the minor leagues. Neither one has spent any time in the NHL, and both will report to their respective new AHL organizations. In fact, they’ll have to just walk down the hall as the Texas Stars and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are set to face off in a few hours.
Palve, 27, is in his first season in North America after a long and fruitful career in Finland. The undrafted forward signed a one-year entry-level deal with the Penguins last April when he was coming off a 51-points season for TPS Turku, but hasn’t been able to repeat that success in the minor leagues. With just eight points in 37 games he very well could be on his way back overseas after the season.
Nyberg meanwhile at least comes with a little bit more upside thanks to being just 23, but also wasn’t having a ton of success in the Stars’ organization. The sixth round pick from 2014 had six points in just 19 games for Texas this year and is a restricted free agent after the season.