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03-28-2010, 10:36 AM
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Maybe on a 2 year deal you could get that price but if you think a 22 year old dman with his skills would sign for less than $4 million a year for 5 years you don't know much about how contracts work. If Gonchar leaves Letang would be full time on the #1 PP all the time and his #'s would increase big time with that. Letang could very easily be in the 40's and even low 50's next season with that #1 PP duty if Gonchar exits and he still is not in his prime yet. His agent would have to be a num nut to let him sign a long term deal under $4 million a year.
One of the problems with that is Letang shoots right and plays on the left side. Our PP favors the right hence Gogo has to be the replacement for Sarge. Sure Letang will get the PP time, but he probably won't get the puck very much....unless he can get his one timer to be Ovechkin like.
So Staal got 4M for 4 years. Is Letang worth that?
He clearly is considered valuable as he is on the #1 pairing. Orpik has what..a $3.5M deal?
One other factor is I'm sure Letang realizes that he still needs to develop....ending up on a different team where the whole bowl of wax is on his shoulders...dunno.
Sarge re-signing or not will probably affect Letang's salary.
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