Originally written on PensInitiative  |  Last updated 6/20/13

DETROIT - JUNE 12: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with the Stanley Cup following the Penguins victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Kris Letang is a great player.  He's one of the best skating defensemen in the league and possesses a great outlet pass.  And it takes a lot of offensive skill to average a point per game in the current NHL, as Letang did this past season.  Possibly the only thing that surpasses Letang's skill is his value.  Teams are placing increasing value on mobile puckmoving defensemen, and very rarely do these types of players become available, especially as young as Letang.  On the free agent market, Kris Letang could get an enormous contract, at possibly the largest cap hit in the league.  However, Kris Letang won't be hitting free agency, at least not while exiting out of Pittsburgh.  The 1st round of the NHL draft begins on June 30th, and expect to hear news of either an extension or a trade before then.  Based on the situation, fully expect to see Ray Shero announcing another blockbuster deal.Letang is currently one of the better value contracts in the league at a cap hit of only $3.5 mil...
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