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Does William Nylander's contract extension worry the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Published January 9, 2024 at 8:53
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William Nylander and The Toronto Maple Leafs inked a 92 million dollar, eight year contract this morning. The Swede will make 11.5 million dollars annually with a full Non Movement Clause (NMC). The 27 year old is having a career year, with 54 points in 37 games leading the team.


How will this affect Penguins star forward Jake Guentzel?



Jake Guentzel is entering the final year on his contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July. After the news dropped regarding the details in William Nylander's new contract, there has to be a sense of worry on Kyle Dubas' face. The American forward has 43 points in 36 games this year, setting himself up for a career high year. Fans are loving his play, and with reason!



Should the Penguins match William Nylander's contract?



It isn't ridiculous for Jake Guentzel and his agent to ask for a similar type contract. Jake put up 74 points last year and 84 points the year before. William Nylander put up 87 points last year and 80 points in the prior year. These two have put up very similar numbers. The question isn't should Jake Guentzel make the same money as William Nylander, because the answer is Yes! The question you should be asking is, have the Toronto Maple Leafs just created an inflated free agent market?

What exactly is Jake Guentzel's Value?



The Pittsburgh Penguins will approach this situation very very carefully. If they deem themselves out of the playoffs by the trade deadline, they should seriously consider moving him. The 40 goal scorer can fetch a haul for the Penguins and set themselves up for a retool. A return we can expect is a first rounder, A prospect and a top 6 forward with upside. The Penguins have options, but they can't afford to lose him for nothing on July 1st.
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Does William Nylander's contract extension worry the Pittsburgh Penguins?

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