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Krie Letang ? Trade Candidate?


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3. One very intriguing name has surfaced out of Pittsburgh: Kris Letang, who won?t play Wednesday against Columbus and is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

 

Letang?s got four years left at $7.25 million. The theory is that the Penguins need to free up cap space, and they did win without him last season. The other thing to remember is that GM Jim Rutherford is fearless, unafraid to make an informed gamble.

 

It hasn?t been an easy season for Letang, who selflessly took ownership for a critical mistake in Pittsburgh?s final pre-Christmas game, a 4-0 home loss to Anaheim, but there is not a ton of concern about his ability.

 

He?s good, and everyone knows it. What makes this tricky is his health history ? which includes a stroke and concussions, among other injuries. Letang?s seen several doctors/specialists outside the Penguins? prism, so you?d have to assume any interested opponent would want access to that information. Therefore, the big question is going to be: Is this too complex for an in-season deal?

 

4. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of Montreal conjecture after Letang?s name was reported.

 

I could see a trade match and do believe the Canadiens are on his list of clubs he can go to. Adding him means they would have almost $27 million per season tied up in Karl Alzner, Letang, Jeff Petry and Shea Weber for the next three seasons (barring other moves). Petry?s contract would be the first to expire, in July 2021. That?s a lot of financial concentration on the blue line.

 

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/31-thoughts-letangs-situation-complex-season-deal/

 

 

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