Streaks House wrote: Staggy wrote: Pavel Bure wrote:
Staggy wrote:I'd like to see us trade Martin and sign Suter.
This also doesn't seem like a good plan. You sign Suter or Weber (however unlikely) and Letang almost surely walks when his next contract is due because the Pens won't be able to afford him
. I may be OK with that if the guy is Weber but not if it's Suter.
I think the more likely casualty would be Staal if we were to get either Suter or Weber.
Joe Morrow on an entry level contract replaces Letang. Trade Letang next summer. Healthy cap save as well, as AAV of 2 years of Joe Morrow on EL contract < Kris Letang extension.
Normally this kind of thing would make me laugh, but I will say that although I don't endorse it being Letang, the Pens may need to consider moving someone like that in order to infuse some young top-end talent upfront. They have a good core up there, but the cupboard in the organization is bare for the next few years minimum.
Teams in the playoffs have been pretty consistent with having two or three key contributors up front. The Flyers, Devils, Rangers, Preds, Kings, Coyotes all have some top end youth being infused while we sit with our core. I still like our position since guys like Staal, Malkin, Neal, Crosby, etc. are all young - but it appears that youthful energy is benefiting these teams. Henrique, Coturier, Schenn, Boedker, Kreider, Hagelin and more are contributing early.
Maybe part of the answer is to invest by living with the rookie play of Morrow and Despres on D in hopes of having them grow into a bigger role next Playoff. Then add in a top end prospect or two up front that can contribute and grow over the season as well. I still want to redo the 4th line, but that can be done via Free Agency for reasonably priced young veterans.