Angle wrote:I tend to think that Whitney and Letang are more the future of this team's puck-moving defensemen than Gogo.... Gogo is small... he'd even make a small forward, which may limit his upside. Letang is also small, but he has a few pounds and maybe an inch or two on Gogo, not to mention he's shown a willingness to make a hit now and again. Whitney is a big guy and, if he can continue developing to the point that he can take over for Gonchar if and when he leaves, will be a very economical solution (I think he'll be making $4 million, where other top defenders make at least $5?)
I'd be an advocate of dangling Goligoski as trade bait. I'm not sure what he would bring in, but if he could bring in a long-term solution top-two line wing (especially he he's signed to a long term cheap deal), I say go for it.
Just so I'm clear, you think Whitney is an economical solution IF he can continue developing (which is certainly arguable one way or another). Gogo, who is younger, cheaper, and has as much upside as Whitney, maybe even further along at this point of his career, and already better on the PP is a guy that you'd advocate trading.
There's a major disconnect there. Gogo is younger, cheaper, and arguably on a path that will exceed Whitney (you've already stated yourself that Whitney must continue to develop - note that he's in his second year making $4MM already).
From the Pens perspective, it's an absolute no-brainer which player is better for them to deal.... it's Whitney. I can't see the logic that would say it's better to deal Gogo, when both players are still valued largely on potential and one is already making top-end money.