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Insider Chris Johnston Drops A Bombshell Regarding A Jake Guentzel Trade


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Samer Dagher
December 30, 2023  (4:05 PM)
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A massive move could be on the horizon according to insider Pierre Lebrun who has linked Jake Guentzel as a number one trade candidate.

Pittsburgh Penguins Star Jake Guentzel Linked To The Oilers By Insider Chris Johnston

The Edmonton Oilers are finally showing signs of life sparking speculation that general manager Ken Holland might make a significant trade ahead of the deadline, just 10 weeks away. Insider Chris Johnston suggested on insider trading with Pierre Lebrun that the Oilers could target a perfect linemate for Leon Draisaitl on the second line which would no doubt put them over the top.
Recent reports indicate that the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't engaged in serious contract discussions with forward Jake Guentzel, fueling aggressive NHL trade rumors. Johnston envisions a scenario where Guentzel could be traded to Edmonton if the Penguins are open to retaining some of his cap hit, providing Draisaitl with an ideal winger to boost the Oilers' offense.
«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.»

Guentzel is in the final year of a contract with a $6 million average annual value. There's a sense that he might not fit into the Penguins long-term plans, leading to trade speculation. The Penguins, possibly looking to avoid a full rebuild, may wait until the last moments of the season to move Guentzel, likely seeking a first-round pick and a prospect in return.
The situation is one to watch as the trade deadline approaches. One thing for sure is that Jake Guentzel will attract many potential suitors.
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Insider Chris Johnston Drops A Bombshell Regarding A Jake Guentzel Trade

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