If the Penguins Trade Guentzel… – Pittsburgh Penguins – PenguinPoop Blog

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There was an ideal article on Pensburgh the opposite day proposing a attainable commerce for Anaheim goalie John Gibson. After consulting with a former Geese blogger, the author hypothesized {that a} bundle of Tristan Jarry, Marcus Pettersson and prospect Samuel Poulin would possibly land the previous Jennings Trophy winner and Pittsburgh native.

Anyway, it acquired me to pondering (all the time a harmful proposition). Who would possibly we purchase if we have been seeking to commerce Jake Guentzel, who had a tough stretch run and postseason and who some…most notably Mark Madden…have urged as commerce bait.

One man popped into my head. New Jersey left wing Miles Wooden.

Now earlier than you shout me down, hear me out.

First off, I’m not suggesting they’re the identical class of participant. Jake has a 40-goal season on his resume and has averaged 33 targets per 82-game season over his profession. This present day, that’s nothing to sneeze at. He’s good, artful, artistic and blends fantastically with each Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. With a cap hit of $6 million a 12 months by the 2023-24 season, he’s a relative discount.

And, not less than early on, he was a postseason dynamo.

So why commerce him?

It’s apparent to all of the Pens have been muscled round of their latest sequence with the Islanders. Jake was the poster youngster, absorbing eight hits in Sport 1 and 16 over the sequence. Though not for a scarcity of coronary heart, guts or effort, he had issue penetrating the prime scoring areas, the place he scores the vast majority of his targets. In plain English, he took a beating.

So why Wooden?

For starters, he’s cheaper than Guentzel ($2.75 AAV) and youthful by a 12 months (25). Greater than Jake, too…6’2” 195 versus 5’11” 180. And sooner, which must be music to teach Mike Sullivan’s ears.

Wooden additionally performs long-pants hockey, to place it into Brian Burke-speak. Embracing a method just like prized acquisition Jeff Carter, he makes use of his pace to constantly crash the web and scores the vast majority of his targets within the soiled areas. Though he doesn’t pile up a ton of hits, he’s aggressive and he’ll drop the gloves once in a while, a high quality in short-supply on the “simply play” Pens. Briefly…the Buffalo native would add some measurement, sand and a Hornqvist-esque factor that’s lacking from the present combine.

Though he’s admittedly no Guentzel, Wooden is not any stiff relating to scoring. He tallied a career-high 19 targets in 2017-18 and 17 this previous season in 55 video games (14 at even power), together with 4 in opposition to our Pens. A 25-goal tempo over a full season. Which is about what I’d anticipate from him skating subsequent to Sid.

Wooden was notably efficient enjoying with Taylor Corridor when the latter was in New Jersey. And this previous season he served as an assistant captain for the Devils, so he brings some management qualities, too.

Once more, is it an apples-to-apples swap? No. In actual fact, it will be similar to the David Perron-for-Carl Hagelin commerce again in 2016. Since that deal, Perron has far outstripped Hagelin, production-wise. However “Hags” added a lacking factor that helped us win back-to-back Cups.

A Wooden-for-Guentzel commerce would add some much-needed wiggle room, financially, for the cap-strapped Pens. I’d anticipate to pry a draft choose or two and/or an honest prospect from the Devils as nicely.

Alright, I’ll duck and run for canopy now.

United We Stand

Throughout his post-season press convention, GM Ron Hextall made it clear that he likes our crew and plans to just about preserve it intact. Particularly our core group of Crosby, Malkin and Kris Letang.

As well as, Hextall supplied his full assist for the much-maligned Jarry.

He additionally expressed a need to get greater and extra bodily to be higher capable of compete within the postseason, whereas cautioning that these parts aren’t essentially straightforward to seek out (therefore above commerce proposal).

Across the League

Boston and defending Cup champ Tampa Bay maintain 2-1 sequence leads over the Islanders and Carolina, respectively.

Colorado has a 2-0 edge over Marc-Andre Fleury and Vegas. Having ousted closely favored Toronto, Montreal holds a 1-0 lead over Winnipeg.

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