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03-26-2010, 10:04 AM
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Anywhere above $3M is an overpayment for Letang at this point.
He's a good skater, makes a nice first pass, good wheels - but he still makes bad decisions, especially in the offensive zone. He's just a slightly-above average top 4 d-man at this point.
On a cash-strapped team like the Pens, you can't get into the habit of overpaying for young players based on "potential".
Shero overpaid for potential with the Staal contract, but just about every other contract he's signed has been good.
I worried about Staal not living up to his contract but I think he's already close to hitting the value. 20 goal 50 point forwards normally cost in the 3 million range and Staal has an elite defensive game and potential to boot.
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