NHL Notebook: Hurricanes acquire Jake Guentzel from Penguins, Avalanche add depth up front, and more

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Ryley Delaney
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Somehow, there were even more trades on Thursday compared to Wednesday. Of course, the Oilers added Troy Stecher and a 2024 seventh-round pick from the Arizona Coyotes for a 2027 fourth-round pick. What about the other teams in the National Hockey League?


Guentzel to Carolina

In the biggest move of the day, it appears that Jake Guentzel has been traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.
The details haven’t been released yet, but Guentzel was seen as the top winger on the market. This season, the 29-year-old has 22 goals and 52 points in 50 games, and is a two-time 40 goal scorer and once had 84 points.
While the Hurricanes usually don’t trade for rentals, they may be more inclined to go for it this season as they are second in the Metropolitan Division.

Edmundson to the Leafs

The first move of the day, the Toronto Maple Leafs “upgraded” their defence by adding Joel Edmundson in exchange for a 2024 third-round pick and a 2025 fifth-round pick.
This season, the left-shot defenceman has a goal and six points in 44 games, and set a career-high with the Hurricanes back in 2019-20 with seven goals and 20 points. However, the Leafs are getting a mean, nasty defender who can kill penalties. Still, they need more additions, such as a top defender,  if they want to get out of the first round for the second straight season.

Trenin, Duhaime to the Avalanche

The arms race of the Western Conference continues, as the Colorado Avalanche added right-shot centre Yakov Trenin and prospect Graham Sward for a 2025 third-round pick and prospect Jeremy Hanzel.
This season, Trenin has 10 goals and 14 points, and set a career-high in 2021-22 with 17 goals and 24 points, the latter he matched the following season. Although he’s a good producer on the third-line, Trenin will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end and has a cap hit of $1.7 million.
Hanzel has 13 goals and 50 points in 58 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds. The 21-year-old was drafted with the 187th-overall pick in the 2023 draft.
It’s a good trade for the Avalanche, but just like Wednesday, it wasn’t their only move, nor was it Nashville’s only move.
Another move the Avalanche made on Thursday was trading their 2026 third-round to the Minnesota Wild for winger Brandon Duhaime.
A depth move, Duhaime has four goals and eight points in 62 games this season. In 2022-23, he scored a career-high nine goals but added just one assist, and in 2021-22, he scored six goals and had a career-high 17 points. Moreover, he has 122 penalty minutes that season.
Like Trenin, Duhaim is a pending UFA and has a cap hit of $1.1 million. Another good depth add for the Avalanche.
Preds acquire Beauvillier
As mentioned previously, trading Trenin to the Avalanche wasn’t the only move the Predators made on Thursday, as they acquired Anthony Beauvillier from the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2024 fifth-round pick.
This is the 26-year-old’s third team of the season, as he started the season on the Vancouver Canucks before being traded to the Blackhawks early in the season. This year, Beauvillier has four goals and 14 points in 45 games. However, he’s a season removed from a career-best year where he scored 18 goals and 40 points.
Beauvillier has a cap hit of $4.15 million and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Lightning nab Duclair

As I was writing this, the Tampa Bay Lightning sent prospect Jack Thompson and a 2024 third-round pick to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Anthony Duclair and a 2025 seventh-round pick.
This season, Duclair has 16 goals and 27 points on an abysmal Sharks team. It marks a return to the state of Florida, where he spent three seasons with the Florida Panthers. Last playoffs, he scored four goals and 11 points in 20 games, and had a career-year in 2021-22 with 31 goals and 58 points.
Like all players we’ve looked at, Duclair is a pending UFA and has a cap hit of $3 million. Although it could’ve been nice to have him in the Oilers lineup, the Lightning paid a fairly sizable price for a player that doesn’t drive his own line.
The minor moves:
The Calgary Flames traded Emilio Pettersen from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Riley Damiani.
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Cade Webber from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2026 sixth-round pick.
The Anaheim Ducks acquired Jan Mysak from the Montréal Canadiens for Jacob Perreault
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