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07-01-2013, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by mja View Post
That doesn't actually contradict anything he wrote. He said Letang is a good offensive dman made better by Crosby and Malkin. 16 out of 38 is roughly 42%. That's not a relatively small %. Mind you, he scores a lot of those points with whomever you put in place of those guys theoretically speaking, but I'm sure you won't argue against the idea that playing with them increases his point totals above what he'd do with any potential replacements. That'd be silly. Also, is that how many points he got that either Sid or Malkin also got a point on, or how many of his points they were on the ice for?

I understand why the Pens inked the contract, but if I'm them I'd turn right around and trade him. He should have quite a bit of value and in my opinion he doesn't bring the needed D in order to justify the 7.25 a year when you also have to pay the top two centers in the league. Just my opinion, of course.
Actually, it is a relatively small % for a productive defenseman to score with involvement from the two most productive forwards on his team.

The first comparable I checked was Kronwall, and Datsyuk or Zetterberg were involved in 79% of his points. If you'd like to find some counter-exmples, by all means, crunch some numbers on other productive defensemen to support your argument.

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