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Penguins receive the worst news regarding Jake Guentzel

Published February 20, 2024 at 5:39 PM

It was the worst news any GM can get and it happened to Pens GM and President Kyle Dubas. With the hope the team could make an extension work, it was revealed by 32 Thoughts Podcaster and Sportsnet NHL insider Elliotte Friedman that their prized UFA winger Jake Guentzel will be heading to market.

This is not the news that Dubas had hoped for, but the newly minted GM has allowed Guentzel to reach out to teams of his choosing to work on a contract extension. This quality of player will be highly sought by many teams including the Edmonton Oilers.

GM Ken Holland has several assets and prospects to offer Dubas and would be worth it. They would certainly need to trade a roster player as they would need to make the cap fit. I would expect to see Holland at least make some calls to see if this could be discussed.

In the same report, Friedman mentioned that Guentzel is the Oilers top target going into the deadline, and they'd really like to find a way for this to work.

Guentzel is having a great season with 50 games played, with 22 goals, 30 assists for 52 points. He's a free agent at the end of this season, and he currently carries a $6M cap hit.
February 20   |   865 answers
Penguins receive the worst news regarding Jake Guentzel

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