Forward Jake Guentzel of the Pittsburgh Penguins
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REPORT: Jake Guentzel Rejects Major Contract Offer From The Pittsburgh Penguins

Published January 31, 2024 at 6:43 PM
BY SAMER
     
The Pittsburgh Penguins are determined to make a playoff comeback this year, but uncertainties about the team's long-term future have led one of their key players to question his potential contract renewal.

Jake Guentzel Rejects Major Contract Offer From The Pittsburgh Penguins



Jake Guentzel has reportedly turned down a six-year, $50 million contract offer from the Penguins, expressing dissatisfaction with both the financial terms and the duration of the deal, according to Frank Seravalli.




Guentzel is currently enjoying one of the best seasons in his career, boasting impressive stats with 22 goals and 49 points in 46 games. Given his stellar performance, it's understandable that he might seek a more lucrative and extended deal in the open market.


Jake Guentzel To Be Traded At The Deadline?



The Penguins face a challenging decision with the talented forward, and trade rumors have started circulating. While the team has expressed its commitment to staying competitive, recent reports by Elliotte Friedman suggest a potential shift in strategy. The Penguins are now considering taking a step back and retooling, signaling a willingness to rebuild their capital.

Friedman on the Pens (NHL Network): "I don't think they're going to be buyers... Pittsburgh is not going to be trading 1st RDers or 2nd RDers or their best prospects for short-term fixes. I think this is a team that realizes it needs to rebuild some of its capital"


This shift in approach raises questions about Guentzel's future with the team. If he continues to reject offers, the Penguins may be forced to reconsider their stance. The possibility of Guentzel signing with a new team in free agency looms, posing potential challenges for the Penguins. The upcoming weeks will reveal the decisions made by the team's management.

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REPORT: Jake Guentzel Rejects Major Contract Offer From The Pittsburgh Penguins

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Walks as a UFA21515.4 %
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