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03-26-2010, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Tender Rip View Post
Inarguably he is not. If we were to win it this year, then you can argue that. On the team that actually won, he was 6th in ES ice time, 5th in PK time and 2nd in PP time.
His numbers were great - so were Eaton's btw. and he was more important - but those flatter to deceive just as much as Letang's disappointing numbers this season don't tell the full story.

It remains that he is an RFA without arbitration rights and that we will have a hell of a hard time with the cap this off-season. Unless he takes something really reasonable, Shero should simply Dubinsky him or take him to arbitration himself.

Vlasic's numbers in the season leading up to his 4 year, 3.1 million per deal:
82 games, 6 goals, 30 assists, 36 points, +15

Edler's numbers in the season leading up to his 4 year, 3.25 million per deal:
80 games, 10 goals, 27 assists, 37 points, +11

Letang presently:
65 games, 3 goals, 24 assists, 27 points, +2

Vlasic is much better than Letang defensively and not as good offensively (playing shutdown unit on San Jose) whereas Edler's is just better than Letang alround.
In any case Kris has no business getting more than either of them, and they're really nice examples for Shero to point to if he wants to take him to arbitration.
Great post. But since this is Letang's entry level contract, he does not have arbitration rights.

I think Letang is going to boost his status this post-season, he did great last night against Ovechkin and the Caps (minus the Semin shorty, which was mainly on Goligoski, IMO). But if Letang plays 20+ shut-down minutes with Orpik, he's probably going to shine and enhance his game.

Goligoski wasn't even an NHL regular and got $1.83 for three years mainly on his promise. You'd have to think Letang's looking at about 3 years, $3 million per as a starting point, assuming he's going to hit a stride and start putting pucks in the net, especially if Gonchar leaves and KL gets more meaningful PP time.

I'd love, ideally, to see Letang get like a 1 year, $2.5 million contract. It doesn't give him the guarantee of a long-term deal, but it give him the chance to fufill his potential and if he scores like 10+ goals next season he's in line to get $4 million next summer....Which is a better deal for the team, since he'll have to prove himself in the 10-11 season and is about the same average salary anyways if he would sign a 2-3 year deal this summer.

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