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03-28-2010, 03:27 PM
Duchess Of Wingers
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I hope Letang comes to his senses and realizes what a great future he could have here. I like his potential but that's all it is, potential. The kid had one great playoff run but other than that has been incapable of stepping up every time Gonchar was out. Does anyone believe Letang is worth more than twice of what Goligoski makes? I don't want to overpay him just so he can bolt as UFA once he really hits his prime. These are still development years, and should be paid accordingly.
He's a RFA with no arbitration rights so he has no leverage. If Letang really insists on getting more than 3.5 million, I want Shero to play hardball with him. Let him wait all summer, threaten to barr him from camp, make sure that he realizes that if he's not signed before December 1st he will miss the entire season. If someone else wants to overpay him, accept the offer sheet, take the picks and use the cap space. Tell him to have fun with the Panthers or BJs and remind him to buy a Center Ice package so he can watch the playoffs.
I have maintained that he is worth 2.5M-3M over a 3-4 year contract. But I also never thing he will become a "Gonchar". I think he will continue to become stronger defensively and hammer down a fairly consistent and stronger offensive side. But I think where Letang will end up is pretty much a all around player. He will neither be an ace in the hole offensive defenseman or a defensive one. He will be able to do everything very well but nothing great.
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