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03-28-2010, 01:07 PM
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Going into yesterday's game, Letang didn't have a PP point in the last 20 or so games. Just saying. It would be tough for his agent to argue that he's a future lynchpin of the power play. So far, in his entire career, he has a total of 27 power play points. This season, he has a measly 5.
If he's the PP specialist of the future, they are in big trouble.
With Gonchar here Letang of course did not get PP points. If Gonchar leaves then Letang and Gogo will be the point men on the #1 PP. You make my point for me by showing his lack of points to date. No doubt Letang will add 15-20 points with being full time on the Pens #1 PP. As long as Gonchar is here the Pens run the PP around him and rightfully so. I believe that won't be the case with Gogo and both pointmen will be more equally involved.
I have seen enough of Letang's offensive abilities to know he can become a 45-55 point a year dman in his prime. Letang's defensive improvements from last year to this year was very easy to see and he has the skills to get much better in the offensive zone.
You won't be able to sign a 22 year old dman who is playing with Orpik on the top unit now for anything less. I would be thrilled if we could lock Letang up for a 5 year $20 million dollar deal. Letang could be worth much more than that in just a year or two if Gonchar leaves. Yes, it is always a gamble to sign a player not in his prime to what they might project to be but Letang has shown me enough to take that gamble. We will find out if Shero has seen enough to believe the same. I think Letang is better than some dman that are getting paid that right now. I believe the pairing of Orpik and Letang can be the Pens top D unit for the next 5+ years.
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