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Yes, Kris Letang is talented. We know all the stats.
He is coveted by so many teams. He watches tapes on himself. He works out.
But he also is an emourous baby. According to Eliotte Friedman, Letang's feelings are hurt because of a Rob Rossi article that quoted someone saying this:
"Shero is fairly confident Letang has become a must-move player. That is true because Letang is not the consensus best defenceman on the Penguins, at least in the eyes of management and coaches."
Wow. So, let's get this straight, the Penguins offered Letang an 8-year, $56-million deal. That is $7-million a year. That doubles Letang's contract. Letang and his agents came back with a deal more than $7.5, but less than $8-million. So, probably something like $7.75-million a year.
A Giant Baby
$7.75-million. That is a lot of money for someone that Penguins beat reporter Josh Yohe called "one of the most senstive athletes he's e...
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Things just got a bit more interesting on the Kris Letang front. Letang, who is currently in contract negotiations with Penguins general manager Ray Shero, has received a pretty good offer from the Penguins, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. Dreger appeared on TSN Radio this morning and had the following to say about the offer:
According to a report via Renaud Lavoie of RDS.ca, the Pittsburgh Penguins have come to an agreement on a contract extension with Norris Trophy finalist and defenceman Kris Letang. Letang scored five goals and contributed 33 assists in 35 games for the Penguins last season.
I've been told that the Penguins and Kristopher Letang are close to a deal. Small details to resolved...
This reads like a bad novel. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi provides an update on the state of the tenuous negotiations between Kris Letang and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and things have gotten...weird...
Negotiations between Penguins general manager Ray Shero and Letang's agent, Kent Hughes, continued Friday. Both sides strived to keep details quiet because...
Amongst some Thursday evening signing and/or trade rumors...
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Rob Rossi went on both Toronto sports radio stations yesterday evening to posit the suggestion that Kris Letang's agent might attempt to engineer a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs if the Penguins don't extend his contract, and this evening, Rossi suggests that the Penguins have...
Per Rob Rossi:
Letang was offered an eight-year contract at around $54 million (total), sources told the Tribune-Review. The Penguins' proposal contained little wiggle room, and the club would like to get a response — even in the form of a counter offer — by the weekend, the sources said.
That is about an average of 6.75 million over the length of the contract...
Penguins defenseman Kristopher Letang is most likely going to stay in Pittsburgh, but, according to reports, if he were top be traded, he would prefer the Leafs. “GM Ray Shero already locked in Evgeni Malkin to a massive contract extension that will kick in after next season and that adds to the mega deals for [...]
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"According to RDS, the Penguins have agreed to terms with Letang on an eight-year, $58 million contract with an annual annual value of $7.25 million and a limited no-trade clause to 15 teams." - TSN.caLetang now has the third highest cap-hit among defensemen in the NHL according to CapGeek.com only behind Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota...
Via Pierre LeBruin:
Hearing that Letang camp informed Penguins earlier tonight that they were turning down an 8-year contract offer worth around $56 million...
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 28, 2013
This doesn't mean that Letang is definitely done, but it makes a trade more likely.
This is starting to seem just like the Jordan Staal situation from...
One schmuck's opinion: Kris Letang is a very good NHL defenseman. Kris Letang is an outstanding offensive NHL defenseman.
But if Letang were reading this column, I'd have to say this right away: Those media reports stating Penguins' management feel Paul Martin, and not you, was the best Pens' defenseman this season?
They're right, bro.
It appears we...
Kris Letang contract with Penguins. 8 years / 58 M (#58!) 7.25 AVV Limited no trade to 15 teams. #RDS
— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) June 30, 2013
With Letang re-signing, #Penguins will now be paying seven players a cap total of $44.3M in 2014-15.
— CapGeek (@capgeek) June 30, 2013
Of course, the Kris Letang contract negotiations/trade rumors/speculation/mudslinging festival continues.
Today, Ray Shero commented on the whole thing. From Penguins.NHL.com:
“There is a time to make a deal, time to sign a contract, agree on a contract or not agree on a contract,” Shero said. “There is a point in the negotiation where you have to make a decision...
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By: Ryan Kiray (@RyanK_THG)
In the wake of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ recent respectable but disappointing playoff run, Penguins General Manager Ray Shero immediately set to work negotiating with a number of crucial potential unrestricted free agents. After locking superstar center Evgeni Malkin into an eight-year extension, his attention...
Bobrovsky being offered to teams by the Blue Jackets. Told he wants $6 mil per. Columbus in market for a goalie.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 30, 2013
Latest word out of the #pens Kris Letang negotiations: "Still working on it." Sounds like it will get done, but not done yet.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 30, 2013
2:00 PM: We are officially one hour away from the beginning of the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft. The Colorado Avalanche still hold the first overall pick at the moment. The Pittsburgh Penguins are close to getting a deal done with defenseman Kris Letang and you can read more about that here. Also, the Penguins have been talking to other teams about Tyler Kennedy...