Jake Gunetzel going through the handshake line after a Pittsburgh Penguins goal against the Vegas Golden Knights
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Insider Report Links Jake Guentzel To A Contending Team In The West

Published December 29, 2023 at 5:01 PM

A new segment of information provided by an NHL insider has suggested that Jake Guentzel could be on his way out of Pittsburgh for a new home out West.

Penguins Approaching Crucial Decision With Guentzel

Jake Guentzel is entering the final year of his contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Guentzel throughout his time in Pittsburgh has become one of their best players. He can often be found playing alongside superstars like Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.

This season Guentzel has been on an absolute rampage. He is on pace for a career-high in points at 95 and would match his best year in goals with 40.

Despite his elite level play the Penguins find themselves near the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. With Guentzel's contract nearing an end, there have been plenty of rumors suggesting a trade once the deadline comes.

Guentzel Heading Out West In Blockbuster Trade?

This topic was approached by NHL insiders Pierre LeBrun and Chris Johnston. Johnston decided to take a look at what team might be the best fit. In his estimation the team who will likely go after Guentzel is the Edmonton Oilers.

«If we're imagining a world where Pittsburgh is both trading Guentzel and retaining salary, no buyer makes more sense than Edmonton. This would be an elite-level upgrade to a team already spilling over with elite forwards, and it would give the Oilers a natural shoot-first winger who could play alongside Leon Draisaitl. It's an intriguing thought. This is clearly another all-in year for the Oilers, who have found traction after their early-season struggles but will need a shot in the arm in the second half.»

The Oilers of course have had a turbulent season that includes the firing of their head coach. Now they have improved and gotten back in the race. A player like Jake Guentzel playing at the top of his game could be just the jolt this forward group needs.

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Insider Report Links Jake Guentzel To A Contending Team In The West

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