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Insider Leaks A Failed Blockbuster At The Trade Deadline


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Samer Dagher
March 13, 2024  (8:14 PM)
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Insider Elliotte Friedman with Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers logos
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Last year, the New York Rangers made big moves at the trade deadline, acquiring star forwards Patrick Kane and Vladimir Tarasenko for a playoff push.

Insider Reveals How The Rangers Failed To Acquire Jake Guentzel

This year, they had a shot at another blockbuster deal, with Jake Guentzel being a top target. However, they pulled out due to the high asking price. Guentzel ended up with the Carolina Hurricanes in a trade involving several players and draft picks.

According to Elliotte Friedman's 32 Thoughts podcast, the Rangers prioritized their future over a move for Guentzel. They were unwilling to part with top prospects Brennan Othmann or Gabe Perreault, which the Penguins demanded as part of the deal.
Elliotte Friedman believes the New York Rangers were close to acquiring Jake Guentzel at the trade deadline, but weren't willing to throw in either one of Brennan Othmann or Gabe Perreault, which is who the Penguins wanted as the main part of a return.

Instead, the Rangers focused on adding depth to their roster, bringing in players like Alex Wennberg, Jack Roslovic, and Chad Ruhwedel. They also made a minor transaction with the Minnesota Wild.
While the Hurricanes secured Guentzel, the competition between them and the Rangers could be intense, especially if both teams reach the Eastern Conference finals.
The true winner of the trade deadline will be determined later, possibly in the playoffs.
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