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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 turned to blueline anchor and Norris Trophy candidate Kris Letang. According to numerous reports, Letang has rejected an eight-year offer from the Penguins with an average annual value somewhere around $7 million. Assuming the truth of these reports, the time has come for the Penguins to cut ties with Letang.
According to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review beat writer Rob Rossi, Letang countered the Penguins’ offer with a request for an eight-year deal worth around $7.5 million annually. Letang, 26, has been the Penguins’ headline defenseman since Sergei Gonchar joined the Ottawa Senators in the 2010 offseason. He was ...
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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:
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be well represented at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, according to Kevin Allen at USAToday.com. General Manager Ray Shero has been selected as the associate general manager and Head Coach Dan Bylsma will be the head coach of Team USA.
Shero will work along side Nashville Predators’ general manager, David Poile. Poile...
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...
Via USA Today:
USA Hockey is putting the band back together for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, although the members will have a different place on the stage.
According to two people with knowledge of the decision, the Nashville Predators' David Poile will be the team's general manager, while Pittsburgh Penguins Ray Shero will be his associate general manager...
Ray Shero has locked up another player. Via Dave Molinari on Twitter:
Penguins have agreed to a three-year contract extension with LW Chris Kunitz.
— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) June 27, 2013
According to both Molinari and Bob McKenzie, the deal will pay Kunitz a slightly higher average yearly salary than his current deal. He makes $3.725 million for one more season...
It's become a tendency to look at a team that just won the Stanley Cup as if it has unlocked a secret for success in the league. Depending on the year and who won, you either need to have strength down the middle, or solid goaltending and defensemen. Maybe you need to have size and skill, or possibly just a well rounded game with speed. Of course, looking at what the reigning...