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04-09-2013, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Shady Machine View Post
Why wouldn't you get much in return for Letang? Top 10 dmen aren't traded very often. You would absolutely get a very good return for him. In the even he had to be traded, we would be okay to take a top 4 roster dman on a lesser cap hit, top 6 forward prospect, and a 1st round pick (for example). Despres, Martin, and Nisky can fill in to replace him by committee and Pouliot will be 2 more years off after we trade him. Losing him would hurt, but not nearly as much as Malkin.
1/3 of the teams in the league have a defensemen (or maybe two) they'd put ahead of him, which diminishes his value slightly, but the bigger reason is because the high-end defenseman market has been targeting free agency rather than trades.

Teams would rather throw $7- or $8-million at a Weber or Suter in free agency than give up the assets to acquire them via trade. Letang would be in a similar situation, so the only way someone's going to trade for him is through underpayment.

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