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Reilly Smith is the Penguins' surprise trade target. Get the latest NHL trade rumors and analysis here.

The NHL trade deadline is fast approaching, and the Pittsburgh Penguins are turning into a central hub of activity. While much focus has been on star winger Jake Guentzel, insider Frank Seravalli reveals that teams are actually showing more interest in veteran forward Reilly Smith.

This surprising development indicates that teams are prioritizing cap flexibility and playoff experience, two strengths Smith offers. The Penguins acquired the former Vegas Golden Knight last offseason in a salary-dump move, hoping he could rediscover the form that helped Vegas reach the Stanley Cup Finals.

Why is Reilly Smith the Penguins’ Hottest Trade Commodity?

Unfortunately, Smith has struggled with consistency in Pittsburgh. With a $5 million cap hit, the move simply hasn’t delivered the expected returns. However, the Penguins may be able to turn this into a savvy deadline win. By retaining half his salary, interested contenders could gain a Stanley Cup-proven playoff performer at an extremely manageable cost.

While the Vegas Golden Knights may be tempted by a reunion, other potential landing spots are emerging. The Florida Panthers have been linked to Smith, potentially adding offensive depth for another postseason push.

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