Penguins GM Kyle Dubas Speaks On Trade Rumors Surrounding Jake Guentzel

Pittsburgh Penguins' General Manager Kyle Dubas recently addressed the ongoing speculation about winger Jake Guentzel, emphasizing that any trade talks surrounding the player are purely speculative at this stage.

Dubas, speaking on his weekly radio show, categorically stated that there have been no discussions with other teams regarding Guentzel.

Guentzel, 29 years old, has been an integral part of the Penguins' offense, tying with Sidney Crosby for the team lead in points this season.

In his eight seasons with the team, he has accumulated a notable 460 points, including 224 goals, in 495 games.

His postseason performance is also commendable, with 58 points and 34 goals in 58 career playoff games.

Guentzel's current contract, a five-year deal worth $30 million, is nearing its end, making his future with the team a subject of much interest and speculation.

Dubas also made sure to downplay comments made a few weeks ago by Guentzel's agent, Ben Hankinson, which were interpreted by many as a suggestion that contract negotiations could get contentious.

However, Dubas believes that Hankinson's comments were more about the team's direction in the coming seasons rather than the contract itself.

As the season progresses, Dubas plans to evaluate the situation and determine what is best for both the Penguins and Guentzel, whether that's after the All-Star break or at the season's end.

If the Penguins do decide to trade Guentzel, it's reported that Dubas would seek a significant return, including a first-round pick, a top prospect, and an NHL player with a modified no-trade clause​. Photo Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports