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Penguins Star Linked to the Edmonton In A Blockbuster Trade

Published December 29, 2023 at 8:49 PM
Today a new report has potentially linked a star forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins to a move out west to the Edmonton Oilers.

Guentzel And Penguins Nearing A Crossroads

This season is a pivotal one for the career of Jake Guentzel. This is because he is in the final year of his current contract. With the Pittsburgh Penguins struggling his future with the team has been called into question.

Guentzel is having one of the best years of his career. He is on pace for 40 goals and over 90 points at his current pace. Guentzel has been known as one of the best complimentary players in the NHL.

If Guentzel were to become available on the trade market there would be no shortage of suitors. A report from an NHL insider has revealed who the early favorite to land Jake Guentzel could be.

Guentzel On His Way West At The Trade Deadline?

In a recent segment on television NHL insiders Pierre LeBrun and Chris Johnston were discussing possible landing spots for top trade targets. When Jake Guentzel was brought up Chris Johnston had a team that came to mind.

Johnston suggested that the Edmonton Oilers should be a favorite to land Guentzel. The Oilers are back in contention but have struggled to score this season. Guentzel would provide a major boost in this area of the game.

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.

Johnston mentions Guentzel as a perfect fit to play along with Leon Draisaitl. He mentions the Oilers have an all-in mindset still. If the Penguins are willing to part ways with Guentzel this could be a perfect match for both sides.

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Penguins Star Linked to the Edmonton In A Blockbuster Trade

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