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11-23-2012, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by UnrealMachine View Post
1. His cap hit will nearly double on his next contract;
2. We are loaded with defensive prospects. Some have similar skill-sets;
3. We have very few potential top-6 forward prospects;
4. Our bottom-6 prospects are actually better than our top-6;
5. He'll represents the highest value that we have to bargain with outside of Crosby/Malkin;
6. He might be the only defensive player who has significant trade value over the next 2 years.
Considering Pens will more than likely be in contention throughout Letang's career, it's highly unlikely Letang is traded, period. Either he re-signs here or he walks as UFA. You don't trade Dmen of his caliber unless outside factors force you to.

Also, and this is pure speculation, but the new CBA may decrease the crazy UFA salaries again, so Letang's next contract may not be THAT huge. Regardless, he should be kept at all costs.

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