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09-08-2012, 01:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Til the End of Time View Post
i've seen you say this a few times, but i just don't buy it. he was terrible defensively. if martin/michalek/orpik were F-, then letang was an F+, so the line "our best defensive d-man" is meaningless.
I definitely disagree. Letang wasn't great, but he was hardly terrible. I'd have given him a C, and if we were grading on a curve he'd have rated a hell of a lot better.

you dont have one of the worst GAA in history if your #1 dman played a good defensive game. hes the leader of your defense and your defense was terrible, so he deserves a lot of blame.
You can absolutely have one of the worst GAAs in history if 3/4 of your top 4 plays like ass and your goalie lets in every puck shot at him (and some that aren't).

Letang's a very good defenseman, but he can't make Martin win a 50/50 battle or prevent Fleury from throwing pucks in his own net. Those were the balance-tippers.

sure teams will overpay for letang, but right now he is more style than substance. thats pretty much what i attribute his norris voting to (most recent norris winner is great example of style over substance).
That about says it all. Karlsson winning the Norris isn't "style over substance". Offense isn't everything, but it's definitely substantive, particularly when its miles above every other player at your position.

Letang's one of the best defensemen in the league. He deserves to be paid like it.

some team may pay this current version of letang seven million, but i dont believe hes currently worth that to the penguins. particularly on a long term deal, when the pens have talented youngsters that have a reasonable chance of filling his role.
You'd realize his value very quickly if we lost him and had to rely on Martin, Orpik, bottom-pairing defensemen, rookies, and whatever we could scrape up in UFA. If our management were ever stupid enough to let Letang go, I hope he'd go to the Flyers just so they could see their colossal mistake up close for years to come.

You don't deal players like Letang on a hope and a prayer that your teenage blueliners will be able to come in and replace a 50+ point defenseman. If Morrow or Despres comes in and scores 40+ points at some point over the next two years while providing a great defensive game, then we can talk. But that doesn't seem like a reasonable expectation to me.

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