Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

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Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby usc89 on Mon May 07, 2018 10:42 pm

The Pens proved they could win without him last year.

Can they trade him while his value is relatively high???

His metal lapses and poor play is just too costly in the playoffs.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby wondermoose on Mon May 07, 2018 10:44 pm

There's always Montreal at the end of the day.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby lemieuxReturns on Mon May 07, 2018 10:47 pm

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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby usc89 on Mon May 07, 2018 10:57 pm

I would take that trade right now. Sheary is also replaceable.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Cow_Master66 on Mon May 07, 2018 11:00 pm

Some of those were funny.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Inkio on Mon May 07, 2018 11:03 pm

No more first round pick trades please. Our team is going to be painful to watch in about 4-5 years. I'd prefer to have some decent youngsters who may be able to make it tolerable.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby thehockeyguru on Mon May 07, 2018 11:05 pm

usc89 wrote:I would take that trade right now. Sheary is also replaceable.


The cap space alone makes it worth it if you can sign OEL next offseason
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Cow_Master66 on Mon May 07, 2018 11:10 pm

I would take make that trade in a heartbeat but would take Svechnikov over Dahlin.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Faubert5 on Tue May 08, 2018 12:20 am

Maybe somebody thinks a change of scenery would help him but I wouldn't trade for him.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Daniel on Tue May 08, 2018 12:23 am

lemieuxReturns wrote:Dahlin

For

Letang
Sheary
2019 1st

https://www.thesportster.com/hockey/rea ... rall-pick/


Why would Buffalo even consider that trade? Granted Dahlin could be a complete bust, but they could get a whole lot better than this package.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Daniel on Tue May 08, 2018 12:32 am

Faubert5 wrote:Maybe somebody thinks a change of scenery would help him but I wouldn't trade for him.


I think he's damaged good and not going to get any better.

You almost have to take back a Brent Seabrook and that incredibly awful contract.

Or Milan Lucic, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, half the Kings lineup have pretty awful contracts.

Point is, I think trading Letang won't give the Pens any cap relief, since they'll be trading one albatross for another. Just need to figure out which albatross fits the team best.

Not that I can't see another team thinking they can reclaim him or whatever, I just think he is what he is and would be fools gold for another team. Not because of his skills mind you, but because of the mental aspects of his game.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby bsgg-penguinsbrazil on Tue May 08, 2018 8:08 am

The takers would be teams that are thin in D and have the cap space

Quick research:

- Ottawa (imagine a trade involving Karlsson :pop: )
- Dallas
- NYI
- MTL if we take Shea Weber, yikes!. Could also give us another assets, but still, yikes!
- VGK

Options like CBJ and CAR already have 2 expensive RD signed long term, making it harder to make a deal. Main question is, because of his NTC, would Letang be willing to go to any of these 5 teams?
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Badger Bob on Tue May 08, 2018 8:24 am

Letang = $7.5M per year through 2021-22 season. Who the Hell wants to take that on? Pens would have to pay some of that salary even assuming they can find a trade partner on Letang's list of teams he'd accept a trade to. That contract is an albatross around their neck. Thanks Ray.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Jim on Tue May 08, 2018 8:49 am

Is Schultz capable of being the "top offensive Dman" on a team or would that topple him into the Edmonton Schultz again?
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Fat Old Frank on Tue May 08, 2018 8:52 am

No Schultz ain't that guy
Can Letang be coached, or maybe his ice time managed in such a way, to minimize that stuff?
If they want to trade him, I think teams would be lining up.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby tas on Tue May 08, 2018 9:07 am

The Blackhawks were able to trade Brian Campbell in 2011 when his salary was about 7 mil
(and the salary cap was about 64 mil) so anything is possible. But the return isn't likely
to be much.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Antonio on Tue May 08, 2018 9:10 am

lemieuxReturns wrote:Dahlin

For

Letang
Sheary
2019 1st

https://www.thesportster.com/hockey/rea ... rall-pick/

That's hilarious. I love how it's deals they would take, like it's a certainty. I would take that trade faster than you could say yes.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby RisslingsMissingTeeth on Tue May 08, 2018 9:20 am

The #1 objective has to be to get rid of him whether you need to eat salary or not. The NHL is full of really stupid GMs who apparently do not look at film so I'm sure we could find someone to take him off our hands. That contract is abysmal so we are going to have to dump him without return or be willing to settle for a 5th rounder or a low level prospect.

I don't care what it takes, I just do not want him in a Pens uniform next year.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Jim on Tue May 08, 2018 9:25 am

Fat Old Frank wrote:No Schultz ain't that guy
Can Letang be coached, or maybe his ice time managed in such a way, to minimize that stuff?
If they want to trade him, I think teams would be lining up.


I agree. Teams would trade for him quite quickly.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby FLPensFan on Tue May 08, 2018 9:59 am

Jim wrote:
Fat Old Frank wrote:No Schultz ain't that guy
Can Letang be coached, or maybe his ice time managed in such a way, to minimize that stuff?
If they want to trade him, I think teams would be lining up.


I agree. Teams would trade for him quite quickly.

3rded. I'd be fine with giving Letang a chance to bounce back next year. But, if the Penguins were able to pull off a trade for Letang, I wouldn't be upset either. In terms of his salary, with guys like Doughty, Karlsson, and OEL set to get big money, like, 8-10M range, and what guys like Subban and Burns are making, Letang's salary isn't horrible if you believe he is a top 10 defenseman in this league. Willing to bet there are more than a few teams that would take the chance, even with his injury history.

I think the Penguins proved last year that, while it may be difficult, they can survive without Letang as long as they have proper defensive depth. I'd also add that:
---Dumoulin is a much improved player. He had an up and down year, but he was stellar in the playoffs this year. I have never considered him a true #2 defenseman. Always thought of him as on the top line because he works/balanced out Letang. I think Dumoulin earned true #2 d-man status with his playoff performance.
---Maatta is much improved, after his two years of struggles.
---Oleksiak is a solid add.

I think if the Penguins could trade Letang and get a solid #2 RD, and a high end defensive prospect, the Penguins should jump at that. Not sure GMJR feels the same way though.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Jim on Tue May 08, 2018 10:04 am

What about... work a UFA deal with Carlson and move Letang for a tough LW (like Landeskog) or picks/prospects. Carlson would replace Letang's O from the blueline, the picks/prospects would help restock the cupboard for future consumption.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby FLPensFan on Tue May 08, 2018 10:13 am

Jim wrote:What about... work a UFA deal with Carlson and move Letang for a tough LW (like Landeskog) or picks/prospects. Carlson would replace Letang's O from the blueline, the picks/prospects would help restock the cupboard for future consumption.

Are you willing to pay Carlson the current salary of Kris Letang? That's not an endorsement or a knock on Carlson, but, based on today's salaries, that is what Carlson deserves. He's coming off a 6 year deal making a hair under 4M in cap hit. Prior to his deal, he was about a .4pt per game player, never exceeding 37 points. His 1st two years of his contract were about the same, but then he put up 55 in 82g, 39 in 56g, 37 in 72g, and 68 points in 82 games this year.

He's going to be a 6-8M defenseman for somebody. Would I swap out Letang for Carlson? Absolutely, because I do believe Carlson is a bit better defensively, and, although his numbers were better this year, I think Carlson has a little less offensive skill and, while a very good skater, he isn't of the same slick skating style of Letang.

If the Penguins could find a way to trade Letang, Sheary, and Hunwick........and bring in Landeskog, Carlson, and another solid depth defenseman, I'd say that would be a solid offseason.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby Steve on Tue May 08, 2018 10:15 am

Jim wrote:Is Schultz capable of being the "top offensive Dman" on a team or would that topple him into the Edmonton Schultz again?


I think he could, but they would need another player like Schultz.
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby no name on Tue May 08, 2018 10:17 am

First if you would move Letang you have to have a defensemen signed via free agency or coming back in trade. Send him to Buffalo as long as we could land Ristolinen or Bogosiian, and a forward.

Bogosian and Okposo for Letang and Sheary??? Maybe throw in a draft pick?
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Re: Are there takers for Letang in the off season?

Postby FLPensFan on Tue May 08, 2018 10:26 am

no name wrote:First if you would move Letang you have to have a defensemen signed via free agency or coming back in trade. Send him to Buffalo as long as we could land Ristolinen or Bogosiian, and a forward.

Bogosian and Okposo for Letang and Sheary??? Maybe throw in a draft pick?

I don't see a deal to be made with Buffalo. I wouldn't mind Okposo, but he's a RW.....Penguins are overstuffed there with Hornqvist, Kessel, Rust, and Sprong.

I used to be a huge fan of Bogosian, similar to wanting Evander Kane to come here. But Bogosian is broken. In 10 NHL seasons, he's played in over 70 games twice.......his 1st 2 years in the league. Only 18 games this year, 56 last year, and 64 last year. He's had knee and hip issues. I wouldn't take a chance on him.

Gimme Landeskog and Barrie for Letang, Sheary, and a 2nd. The Penguins need some more skilled guys with size in their lineup.
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