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Reilly Smith Reacts To Reports Of Him Wanting Out Of Pittsburgh

Published March 3, 2024 at 1:30 PM

Last month, reports surfaced suggesting that the Pittsburgh Penguins were dealing with issues regarding forward Reilly Smith, who allegedly was unhappy after being traded by the Vegas Golden Knights last summer due to salary cap constraints. Speculation grew, with some even linking Smith back to the Knights, while other teams expressed interest in his availability.

Reilly Smith Reacts To Reports Of Him Wanting Out Of Pittsburgh

In a recent interview with Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now, Smith addressed the trade rumors just a week before the deadline.

«I mean, I'd say it's pretty baseless,» Smith said before a long pause. «Just baseless opinions of people.»

Despite appearing frustrated with the chatter, Smith continued to field questions about being on the trade block.

«I think you're aware of it. It's kind of a weird time of year,» Smith added. «But you just focus on what you can control, and a lot of that you can't control. So there's no point stressing about those things.»

Smith's offensive performance this season has been below his usual standards, and he hasn't found chemistry with linemate Evgeni Malkin. Consequently, he could become trade bait for the Penguins ahead of the March 8 deadline. A return to Vegas could be appealing for Smith, given his connections there, but it would require navigating salary cap constraints, which led to his initial trade from the Golden Knights.

While Smith claims to be content with his role in Pittsburgh and committed to helping the Penguins reach the postseason, uncertainty persists regarding his true intentions, particularly with the deadline approaching. The situation is still developing, so stay tuned for updates.
March 3   |   97 answers
Reilly Smith Reacts To Reports Of Him Wanting Out Of Pittsburgh

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