The Kris Letang contract neogitation hostage crisis of 2013 is now over. Lines have been drawn. After every mistake one side is going to mock the contract, after every goal or decent play the other will act like Kris Letang is Bobby Orr's illegitimate grandson.
Kris Letang is a hell of a hockey player. Top four dman don't just simply come around every year. He has speed, he hits, and he can score. He controls the Penguins offense for better or worse when he is on the ice.
In Eliotte Friedman's feel good piece, where he basically acts like Letang's agent for some reason, he makes a really good point:
After watching Duncan Keith slalom through the Bruins in the Stanley Cup final, I'd never let Letang go if I could avoid it. He will learn from what happened, and he will get better.
That is why this contract is good to us. If Letang puts up 70+ points for eight years who isn't happy? If he learns from his playoff flame outs...