Penguins reporter tags "#Leafs" teasing Kris Letang news

Cam Charron
June 26 2013 07:49PM

Uh...

Kris Letang, as we all know, is a primarily offensive RIGHT shooting defenceman that plays big minutes in a non-shutdown role.

There's an update at midnight Eastern, and with TLN HQ being based on the West Coast, we'll have plenty of time to update with serious news.

So check back... then I guess. We'll see if we're close to Defcon Letang.

UPDATE: Rob Rossi was just on TSN 1050...

Letang is apparently curious about his future in Pittsburgh, and if the Penguins can't commit to him, they make look to trade him. Toronto has apparently emerged as a "preferred landing spot". Rossi did stress that there have been no discussions between the two sides, but the asking price is apparently a roster player, a 1st round pick, and another roster player or a top prospect.

"The Penguins would only move him if they thought he could make a significant return."

"His preference right now is to work something out with the Penguins."

"He is at least considering where he wants to be."

Letang is a UFA next summer, but has no leverage right now in determining a landing spot for 2013-14, if the Penguins wanted to move him sooner than later.

So, that's the meat. Not a lot of substance on that bone, especially when it comes to a trade. BASICALLY, Rossi guaranteed himself a few dozen pageviews at midnight by invoking the Leafs. If Toronto is a "preferred destination" than that's purely coming from Letang, and his opinion doesn't matter a whole heck of a lot until next summer.

UPDATE 2:

Here is Rob Rossi's actual column. Basically, the same things he said on the radio. I'm very underwhelmed by the SEO.

To be clear, the Leafs and the Penguins are NOT talking trade, ergo there is NO price set, ergo the Leafs are NOT weighing trading Nik Kulemin or James Reimer. Furthermore, since any decision to let a quality defenceman like Letang go would be salary cap-related, the Penguins would NOT be interested in Dion Phaneuf and being in the same situation with him.

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#1 MaxPower417
June 26 2013, 10:15PM
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If nothing else it's a fun rumour. And if this somehow leads to the leafs getting him, if nothing else they will be that much more fun to watch.

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#2 caper7
June 27 2013, 06:42AM
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I don't know if I want him...seems like we have guys who can fill this role already. Gards is looking to step it up and that's enough for me.

Seems like a waste to spend good assets on something we already have...maybe not to his level but none the less we got guys who can fill this role.

Save the big package for a legit number one center.

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#3 Julius Angerer
June 27 2013, 06:43AM
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Letang + Bennet ->TML for Liles + Kulemin + Prospect + 2nd

What do you think?

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#4 caper7
June 27 2013, 06:53AM
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@Julius Angerer

Doubt the Pens do that...I think they would want more...prolly a 1st where you got a 2nd.

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#5 Ed Yourick
June 27 2013, 08:48AM
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Julius Angerer wrote:

Letang + Bennet ->TML for Liles + Kulemin + Prospect + 2nd

What do you think?

Insane! The Pens will never get rid of Bennett.

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#6 Rival
June 27 2013, 08:55AM
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As a Pens fan, don't believe Rossi.

He has some insight on the team (Malkin in particular), he is more of a troll who likes to create stories to drive traffic and attention tho him.

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#7 Badger M
June 27 2013, 09:54AM
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I ballparked Letang's trade value as Gardiner + Kulemin + 2nd round pick 2013 + 3rd round pick 2013 if he comes with an extension.

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#8 millzy09
June 27 2013, 10:57PM
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With the news that he turned down 8 years at 7 per, I'll pass. Only reason I can see him turning this down is because they don't want to give him a NMC/NTC and if that's not the case, I don't know what to think about his character. I'd rather take my chances on Gardiner/Reilly. Even if they are only 80 or 90% of Letang, they don't handcuff the team.

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