Report: Jake Guentzel trade confirmed by NHL insiders
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Report: Jake Guentzel trade confirmed by NHL insiders

The latest from TSN's Darren Dreger and Chris Johnston.



NHL insiders Darren Dreger and Chris Johnston are both reporting on a potential trade involving Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel. Both Dreger and Johnston report that Penguins GM Kyle Dubas expects to have a Guentzel trade in place by tomorrow evening, two days ahead of the NHL's trade deadline.

From Dreger and Johnston:

Read below for our earlier report on Guentzel rumors, published on Thursday.

Another day, another Jake Guentzel trade rumor.

Guentzel, of course, is out of the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup with an injury but it's expected that Penguins GM Kyle Dubas will be exploring the trade market for the pending UFA between now and the NHL's March 8th trade deadline.

Guentzel is arguably the biggest trade chip in play and earlier this week NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reported that the Vegas Golden Knights have interest in acquiring Guentzel.

From Friedman's appearance on The Jeff Marek Show earlier today:

"I do believe they're one of the teams in on Guentzel. I just find it very hard to think that Vegas is not going to take a swing at the biggest player available."

The 29 year old Guentzel earns $6 million annually on his deal which expires this upcoming offseason. He's likely to be a rental for a team like Vegas who can't afford to offer him a long-term deal.

As for Guentzel himself, he shared some pretty private feelings with Rob Rossi of The Athletic yesterday, explaining just how difficult this entire process has been for him and his family.

"It's a lot more than you think it is," Guentzel told Rossi. "It's moving everything. You're changing your whole lifestyle. You're meeting a bunch of new people, and if you've got a family ... it's just a lot.

"Then you've got to go play hockey, right? There's a different system, different guys to learn how to play with, where to go eat. It just seems like a lot of organizations are different in every aspect. How teams travel is different. You've got to get new gear - like, I don't like new gloves. That seems like a small thing, but I really don't like wearing new gloves. So it's something you think about in the back of your mind."

Read below for our earlier report on Guentzel and his health, via an update from head coach Mike Sullivan.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to keep their faint playoff hopes alive when they embark on a Western road swing that sees them first take on the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena, though they continue to be without the services of forward Jake Guentzel, who continues his stay on Long Term Injured Reserve after suffering an upper body injury earlier this month.

However, the good news is that he's traveled with the team and has even resumed skating, though not with his teammates.

“It’s great. It’s a big step when (injured players) get on the ice,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “It just means they’re that much closer, so it’s great to see him out there.”

Coincidently, the earliest that he can return to the lineup is March 10, which is two days after the March 8 National Hockey League Trade Deadline. There is rampant speculation that the Penguins could trade Guentzel rather than risk losing him this summer on the free agent market for nothing in return. 

Right now, Guentzel finds himself second behind team captain Sidney Crosby in team points with 52.

If the Penguins find themselves unable to gain any traction in the tightly-packed Eastern Conference, it's considered to be a near foregone conclusion that Guentzel will be dealt at the Trade Deadline; he's also reported to have rejected a contract extension offer from GM Kyle Dubas. 

Just where will Guentzel be by the time that he's eligible to return to action next month? 

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Source: Darren Dreger