June 16, 2024

1. Guentzel is a huge name in hockey, a star attacking winger in his prime, with 50 points in 47 games this year. He’s 29 and will be an Unrestricted Free Agent this summer. He’s also got a 12-team no-trade list on his current contract. Edmonton may well be on that list. If so, Guentzel would have to agree to come here. The thought of a Stanley Cup run might well be enough of an enticement to do so, but you never know.

2. Guentzel is a Penguin by trade. Given that the city’s prospects of winning the Stanley Cup are still alive in the latter years of the Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang era, it is difficult to believe the organization won’t find a way to resign the player. At the trade deadline, is the franchise that bought 33-year-old Erik Karlsson this past summer suddenly looking to sell? Well.

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Of course, Guentzel could agree to be traded to Edmonton, go on that adventure, then sign again with Pittsburgh in the summer. It’s hard to imagine that the Oilers could ever conjure up the cap space to sign him. It’s not impossible, no, but hard to imagine.

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