Thread: Rumor: Kris Letang on the block?
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06-20-2013, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by hockeyjack13 View Post
Letang for Yakupov, Paajarvi and a 2nd or 3rd round pick??
Change Paajarvi to a defensemen and absolutely.

Originally Posted by Stats01 View Post
First of all what is he supposed to say other then that. And second, I like that he conveniently brings up next week as the draft is coming up in a week. I think this is going to be a Staal situation where if Shero doesn't want to sign him then he's going to trade him at/near the draft for a package. No way they drag this situation into next year IMO.
Well, Shero wants to sign him and is trying to get a deal done. Obviously if he can't, he'll trade him.

But it's important for him to get a Letang deal done as soon as possible because he is a huge domino that will affect the way he attacks free agency. If he trades Letang at the draft, he might bring back a top six forward and that will change his negotiations with Dupuis/Iginla and he might push harder after Scuderi. If he trades Letang and brings back a top 4 defensemen, then he has to fill the hole in the top six.

Also knowing the capspace Letang will take up for the 2014-15 season is crucial, because he'll know how much he can realistically spend to fill the other holes during this offseason, unless he signs everyone to one year deals (which obviously won't happen). There are many more reasons than just trading him at the draft for why he'd like to get the deal done before it.

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