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The San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly leading the race to sign pending free agent Jake Guentzel. Get the latest on this developing NHL trade rumor.

NHL free agent frenzy is fast approaching, and trade rumors are swirling around pending free agent Jake Guentzel. Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek recently hinted on The Jeff Marek Show that the San Jose Sharks could be a surprise landing spot for the 29-year-old winger.

With ample cap space and a need for veteran leadership to complement their young core, the Sharks could make a splash by acquiring Guentzel. The addition of a proven scorer like Guentzel would undoubtedly bolster their offense and provide a valuable mentor for promising prospects like Macklin Celebrini, who they’re expected to draft first overall.

Sharks and Blackhawks Eye Guentzel in Offseason Free Agency Frenzy

While the Sharks’ interest in Guentzel may seem surprising, it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility. NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, also on The Jeff Marek Show, believes the Chicago Blackhawks are the frontrunners to land Guentzel. With their young talent and veterans like Taylor Hall and Nick Foligno, the Blackhawks are poised for a resurgence, and Guentzel could be the final piece of the puzzle.

As the July 1 free agency deadline approaches, the Guentzel sweepstakes are sure to intensify. The Sharks and Blackhawks are just two of the many teams vying for his services, and it remains to be seen where he’ll ultimately land.

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