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NHL Rumors: Jake Guentzel Traded to Hurricanes; Penguins Obtain Michael Bunting

Erin Walsh March 7, 2024 Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Jake Guentzel’s time with the Pittsburgh Penguins appears to be over. The team is reportedly finalizing a trade that would send him to the Carolina Hurricanes for Michael Bunting and other assets, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN reported: ESPN @espn Breaking: The Carolina Hurricanes are

NHL Rumors: Jake Guentzel Traded to Hurricanes; Penguins Obtain Michael Bunting

Erin WalshMarch 7, 2024

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 11: Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel (59) smiles before the face-off during the second period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vancouver Canucks on January 11, 2024, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Jake Guentzel’s time with the Pittsburgh Penguins seems to be over.

The crew is reportedly finalizing a commerce that might ship him to the Carolina Hurricanes for Michael Bunting and different property, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN reported:

ESPN @espn

Breaking: The Carolina Hurricanes are anticipated to finish a commerce for Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jake Guentzel on Thursday night time, a supply instructed @wyshynski.

Carolina ahead Michael Bunting is predicted to be a part of the bundle going again to Pittsburgh. pic.twitter.com/mIzoZgL97H

There had been a number of experiences {that a} deal was shut.

Mike DeFabo @MikeDeFabo

Jake Guentzel has been traded to Carolina, per supply.

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Pierre LeBrun @PierreVLeBrun

Listening to that the Hurricanes and Penguins are very near a Guentzel commerce. However nonetheless some particulars to work via. Bunting is a part of the bundle. Each groups are enjoying tonight which additionally could complicate timing to some extent. However all indicators level to Guentzel going to Carolina. https://t.co/RipdQAk4Js

Greg Wyshynski @wyshynski

Sense I get is that the Jake Guentzel commerce to @Canes will occur, however we would not get finality on it till after Carolina and @penguins are completed with their video games tonight.

Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

Michael Bunting is scratched tonight for Carolina. There may be phrase he might be traded to Pittsburgh as a part of a deal for Jake Guentzel

ESPN’s Emily Kaplan reported on Feb. 23 that Pittsburgh’s asking worth for Guentzel was “a number of first-round picks (or a first-round decide and equal in prime prospects or roster gamers).”

Guentzel had been included in quite a few commerce rumors main as much as NHL’s March 8 commerce deadline with the Penguins struggling to contend for a playoff spot. They sit sixth within the Metropolitan Division with a 24-28-8 file.

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Guentzel can be on an expiring contract and can change into a free agent after the 2023-24 marketing campaign, making him expendable.

The 29-year-old had spent the primary seven-and-a-half seasons of his profession with the Penguins, which chosen him within the third spherical of the 2013 draft, and he helped the franchise seize a Stanley Cup in 2017.

Guentzel had been one of many crew’s most impactful gamers, notching 219 objectives and 247 assists for 466 factors in 503 video games, and the Penguins will drastically miss his manufacturing shifting ahead regardless of a lineup that features Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

The American has notched 22 objectives and 30 assists for 52 factors in 50 video games this season. Nevertheless, he’s on injured reserve and it is unclear when he’ll go well with up for his new crew.

The Hurricanes have been linked to Guentzel since Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman listed the franchise as a possible suitor on Feb. 24.

Carolina has seemingly all the time been a step behind within the playoff race, however including Guentzel to the lineup might assist the franchise higher contend for a title and make a run to the Stanley Cup Last.

Guentzel joins a proficient lineup highlighted by Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, Brent Burns and Martin Necas.

The Hurricanes sit second within the Metropolitan Division with a 36-19-6 file and are nonetheless in rivalry for the highest spot within the division alongside the New York Rangers.

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