3 Good Fits For Penguins' Guentzel Before Trade Deadline

A decision has yet to be made on Jake Guentzel's future in Pittsburgh, but as the Penguins are out of a playoff spot and have an old core, it may not look so good, even if the group is still trying to get another Stanley Cup. This has brought discussions as to where Guentzel could end up this season, and three teams in particular have come up more often than not; Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, and Carolina Hurricanes.

The Canucks have made it clear that the big addition they want this season is a top-six forward. While J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson have been playing on the same line, this could change with Guentzel's arrival to play on one of their wings. This team is already very good at scoring goals. This would only ensure that they don't regress to the mean anytime soon or at all.

The Oilers need a few things to complete their team, but I don't think they are going to be able to get them all. They need either a top-six winger or third line centerman, a top-four right-shot defenseman, and a backup/1b goalie. The feeling is that they are going to be adding a forward, and Guentzel, with salary retained, could very well be that addition if he's available. He is a legitimate top-six winger and someone who can put the puck in the back of the net. He is also comfortable playing with elite talent as he has with Sidney Crosby for a number of years.

The Hurricanes need more proven scorers. When the playoffs came last season, some players disappeared and others were just injured. This was the cause of their downfall. By adding a player like Guentzel to the mix, he will ensure playoff goals and make that team very deep up front, more than they already are.

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