Thread: Rumor: Kris Letang on the block?
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06-20-2013, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Waffle Fries View Post
Change Paajarvi to a defensemen and absolutely.

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.
The most obvious reason is that he'll have more prospective trade partners. Not sure if TB and CAR will be players, but their picks make them much more attractive prospective trade partners.

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