Carolina Hurricanes trade Jake Guentzel a day before free agency

Julien Trekker
June 30, 2024  (11:27)

Jake Guentzel in a press conference during his days with the Carolina Hurricanes.
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The Carolina Hurricanes have officially traded the forward Jake Guentzel, a day before hitting free agency!

In breaking news, the Carolina Hurricanes decided to trade the 29-year-old winger Jake Guentzel to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
In return, Julien BriseBois and the Bolts sent a 2025 3rd round pick.
Here are the full details:
"Tampa has traded for the rights to Jake Guentzel 😳

The trade is Guentzel's signing rights for a 2025 3rd

Ellliotte Friedman said yesterday that Tampa is the favourite to land him, and that Steven Stamkos is likely done with the Lightning."
Following the trade, the NHL released the following statement:
"TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Jake Guentzel from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Guentzel, 29, skated in 67 games between the Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins last season, recording 30 goals and 77 points with a plus-25 rating. After being acquired by Carolina on March 8, Guentzel led the Hurricanes in assists and scoring, posting 25 points and 17 helpers in 17 contests. He also ranked first among all Carolina skaters with nine power-play points during that span.

A Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins in 2013, Guentzel has played 520 career regular season games, logging 227 goals and 491 points with 121 power-play points and 31 game-winning tallies. The Omaha, Nebraska native has skated in 69 career playoff contests and recorded 67 points with 38 goals and 29 assists.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Guentzel was drafted by the Penguins in the third round (77th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft."
More to come.