Today (December 27th), Jake Guentzel signed a massive $30 MILLION deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Guentzel was drafted back in 2013 by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (77th overall) but has proved to be one of the Penguins’ wisest draft picks. One reason he’s a rare type of player is because he was a lower draft pick, he wasn’t first or second round so he had to fight to earn a place and prove people wrong. Guentzel is a hungry player who has proved his worth to the Pens’ organization and his new contract reflects that.
With the Penguins, Guentzel has a Stanley Cup (2017), 53 career goals and 61 assists (114 points) with a rating of +6. Just this season alone, while playing on a line with Sidney Crosby, Guentzel has picked up 15 goals (2nd on the team behind Sid) and 33 points.
On July 1st, Guentzel would have become a restricted free agent if no other deal was signed. But he definitely signed a good one. The deal goes for five years, starting at the beginning of next season, and is worth $30 million. The AAV (Average Annual Value) is $6 million a season. The Penguins’ GM Jim Rutherford had good things to say about Jake Guentzel, mainly that:
“[Jake] has become a core player on this team and we are thrilled to get Jake signed long-term with the Penguins.”
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