Penguins Rumors: Kyle Dubas Expecting "More Favorable" Market For Winger This Offseason

Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Kyle Dubas is optimistic about the upcoming offseason, anticipating a "more favorable" trade market for winger Reilly Smith, according to The Athletic's Rob Rossi.

Last season, trade discussions involving Smith did not materialize into a deal, largely due to his non-expiring contract, which deterred potential suitors seeking more flexibility.

In his first season with Pittsburgh, the 33-year-old recorded 13 goals and 27 assists for 40 total points across 76 games played.

Smith will be entering the final year of his 3-year, $15M contract next season.

However, as the offseason looms, the dynamics are expected to change. Sources close to the Penguins and Smith suggest that the evolving contract situation could enhance his marketability.

Dubas is hopeful that these developments will lead to fruitful negotiations and a beneficial trade that aligns with Pittsburgh's strategic goals.

Over the past five seasons, Smith has put up 96 goals and 117 assists for 213 total points across 334 games played. Photo Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports