IanMoran wrote:I don't get the Letang hate SUDDENLY
He looks the same as he always has to me. Its why I was sick over that contract, but not sure why the masses are all suddenly noticing.. he's the same player
With you on this man. He has not changed as a player at all - got a little stronger and a little quicker, but is the same liability he always has been.
Honestly i'll chalk it up to the 7.5 million price tag he now has. Pittsburgh has a strange way of changing the way they look at a player based on how much money he makes. I get that expectations are higher for guys making 7.5 million than those making 3.5 million, but this is way beyond that. Letang didn't go from a "Norris trophy defenseman" to a bum just because his contract is gonna go up 4 million next year.
Letang is what he is. A flashy skater who makes some nice plays offensively who has very poor hockey sense and decision making abilities. He will win you games and lose you games. You just have to hope the former outweighs the latter. For 7.5 million a year? I'll pass.
Letang is exhibit A of the widely regarded (on this board) "problem with the pens".