Thread: Proposal: Markov to PIT?
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06-13-2013, 01:37 AM
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Originally Posted by TT1 View Post
dear god, finally a smart post. what ive been saying is this trade makes sense unless you think you can get a quality PMD for letang(if it gets to that point), if you think you can find an adequate replacement then by all means you dont need to do this markov trade. it just comes down to replacing his production cost efficiently until your PMD prospects are ready to produce in the NHL
The thing is, if the Pens move Letang and they get something else back and not a PMD, do they really need to spend that much on a 1yr rental of Markov? With Markov's injury history, should the Pens spend that much on a guy that has missed an incredible amount of time the last 3yrs before this shortened season?

If Shero is smart, he gets the Malkin thing done in principle asap and turns his attention to Letang before Dupuis. Why?

Because of the UFA period. Shero can move Letang and get some pieces he needs, like young wingers, etc for depth, maybe some solid closer to NHL ready forward prospects since Beau is the only one that can make an impact in the top 6 and is going to be a top 6 forward for the Pens next season.

Also, you forget that the Pens still have Paul Martin and Simon Despres has untapped offensive potential, sure they won't be a 50pt type of guys, but if you can get 30-35 out of Martin and 25-30 out of Despres, that's still not that bad. Letang's points on the back end are a luxury. Pens can still have a solid transition game with Martin and Despres and maybe then it makes Niskanen not so expendable.

You move Letang...

Orpik, Martin
Despres, Engelland
Niskanen, Bortuzzo

That becomes the pairings, with maybe a veteran as the 7th. Maybe the Pens sign Anton Babchuk for 1yr, or whatever. There are options. But if you have to move Letang, then the defense prospects are more valuable to you in your system because now you have to look within to find future replacements. So Dumoulin, Harrington, Pouliot, etc, are not as expendable for a 1yr rental as you would think. Then to top it off, a 1st rounder, again? Pens need to keep that. 2yrs in a row with moving a 1st rounder and drafting in the 3rd round as their 1st pick? That's 2 missed years of getting solid prospects in the meatier part of the draft.

Logically, it doesn't look like a smart move for this team.

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