Obviously this comes as a disappointment if you were expecting the Pens to get a legit top line winger and a legit top two defenseman. I've been trying to guard everyone's expectations for a while now. Letang's being a part of the defense should come as no surprise. It seems they only have interest in Melichar and Scuderi as either a depth defenseman or at worst a fall back option, and that's progress right there.
A big name guy should never have been expected. Shero's not going for quick fixes. The team can't afford to get into long-term high priced contracts with anyone because the cap room won't exist in two years. They have their stars. On D, they're going to build with Whitney, Letang, Goligoski, Sneep, etc. guys who are all new-age defensemen. That might disappoint those expecting an All-Star team now and for everything to happen at once but this is still a work in progress.
I still wouldn't rule out Orpik being traded and replaced by another defenseman. With Letang in the plans they're going to have to protect him a bit, at least at first. His even strength minutes might be limited and it's highly unlikely he'll be killing penalties. Orpik was at the bottom of the depth chart on penalty killing last season. Melichar and Scuderi were our top two guys minute-wise. If they keep Orpik, that either means they have to bump up both Gonchar and Whitney or bump up one of them and put Orpik on the PK. Either way, that seems like a weaker arrangement of an area that already wasn't particularly strong. I can't see Shero being satisfied there.
I'm glad to see Filewich and Kennedy being talked about as potential options if Recchi and/or Roberts don't return. I'd much rather give those two kids a shot than waste time and money on a Ladislav Nagy or some other overpriced non-difference maker. Shero has to be smart enough to realize that with the world class talent we have with Crosby, Malkin, and Staal we don't need to spend big money solidifying an offense that will already be among the league's best if not the best. Not when you have a relatively much weaker defense.