Penguins Trade Jake Guentzel and Ty Smith To Carolina Hurricanes

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Jake Guentzel and Ty Smith are both headed to Carolina.

The trade between the Penguins and Hurricanes became official shortly after the both teams finished their Thursday night games.

In the deal, the Penguins acquired forwards Michael Bunting, Ville Koivunen, Vasily Ponomarev, Cruz Lucius and conditional 2024 first-round and fifth-round draft picks from the Hurricanes.

Here's more from a press release the Penguins sent out last night:

Bunting is signed through the 2025-26 season and his contract carries an average annual value of $4.5 million. Koivunen is signed through the 2025-26 season and Ponomaryov, who will report to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, is signed through the 2024-25 season.
“The decision to trade Jake Guentzel, with his contract set to expire this offseason, was one of the most difficult decisions that I have had to make in my time in management. In my first season with the Penguins, it has become quite clear why Jake means so much to his teammates, all Penguins staff and the City of Pittsburgh,” said Dubas. “Jake’s competitiveness, tenacity and spirit, combined with his talent have produced some of the greatest moments of this era of Penguins hockey. A born and bred Pittsburgh Penguin, Jake has become a pillar in the community and fan favorite for all the right reasons. We cannot thank Jake and his family enough for their contributions to the Penguins since he was drafted in 2013 and wish him our very best.”

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