pens2005 wrote:I'm tired of hearing about how dynamic Letang is. When you're brainless and making ridiculously dumb decisions, THAT dynamic FAR outweighs any sort of skill set he possesses.
This defensive team would be fine without Letang. Honestly, what good does he do on the poweplay? He's not a specialist in any way either.
If Scuderi wasn't hurt, Letangs absence wouldn't even be felt with the way Maata is playing.
Letang IS dynamic. Making brainless and dumb decisions has nothing to do with how dynamic you are as player. Letang has a rare mix of intangibles: very physical, fast, good shot, can move the puck and play sound positional hockey. Whether or not he utilizes them properly is another story.
HOWEVER, this is not the premise. This thread is not to attack Letang's play, it's to evaluate whether the Penguins are any better or worse without him. I honestly believe this team is no better or worse with Letang in the line up.
This team's biggest problem is their ability or the coaches ability to make them a consistently responsible team. While I think this team has some holes that need to be addressed, if they "got to the their game" 90% of the time they'd probably dominate the league.
Do I really think Letang will get traded? No, not any time within the next few years. I still think he should be though.