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Rumor: Pittsburgh Penguins Place Top Star Winger on the Trade Market

Published December 24, 2023 at 3:07 PM

Jake Guentzel's situation is really interesting for Pittsburgh.

The excellent winger is having another good season, with 35 points in 32 games.

Over the past few years, he's proven that he's not just a support player to complement Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.

Guentzel is tied for the Penguins' scoring lead with the veteran captain.

However, the organization now led by Kyle Dubas is in the grip of several big contracts. Especially with the acquisition of Erik Karlsson this summer.


Guentzel becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

Could the Penguins be tempted to keep him until the end of the year, but lose him for absolutely nothing on the free agent market?

If not, Kyle Dubas could trade Guentzel at the deadline and get a very attractive return as compensation.

On the other hand, the Pens want to win right now, and Guentzel is a very important part of this line-up.

It's clearly a smart move...

Knowledgeable Chris Johnston and Josh Yohe of The Athletic have raised this possibility.

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December 24   |   31 answers
Rumor: Pittsburgh Penguins Place Top Star Winger on the Trade Market

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