Will Letang sign/be offered an 8 year contract?
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01-22-2013, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by
We could bring in Gonchar tomorrow and he'd be an upgrade over Letang on the PP.
Nothing wrong with admitting Letang isn't a true #1.
Just like Neal isn't a PPG guy without Geno, Letang's production is largely due to the team in front of him.
And just as this organization turned Letang and Goligoski into top pairing guys. I'm confident morrow and pouliot will be the same. Both being upgrades over Letang on the PP.
We're not arguing signing or not signing Letang. That's a given.
When the definition of a #1 defenseman excludes all but a couple players in the entire league, I'd say it's the definition that's failing to meet a reasonable standard, not the player in question.
As for the "Letang gets his points because of the team in front of him" argument, that's just not going to fly. Like I pointed out earlier, Letang has been a more productive PP player than Chara the past two seasons. Boston has scored virtually the same amount of goals as the Pens the past couple years, but nobody credits the Bruins for Big Z's production.
It's a double-standard that needs to be set straight. Just because Letang doesn't get his PP points via a laser shot or pinpoint playmaking doesn't mean that he isn't earning them. His rare combination of speed, stickhandling, strength, and tenacity open up opportunities for production that other, more conventional PP quarterbacks without his natural gifts can't.
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Edler is no more a comparable than Doughty. Edler got 5M. Doughty got 7M. I think the thinking here is that Letang falls probably around the middle. Ergo, around 8 years, 48M is what we're hoping he'd want IF he wanted to do the 'fair deal for a little below market'.
Doughty was coming off a relatively poor year when he signed that deal, and it's fair to say that Letang has been the better player over the course of the past couple seasons outside of the latest playoff run. If he wants Doughty money I don't think anyone should bat an eye, though I wouldn't be shocked if he took a below market deal like you suggested.
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