The Snapshot wrote:I believe Morrow and Despres upside is greater than Letang's and we can always get a solid NHL Dman back in the haul as well.
That's a bold statement, to say the least, and not one I agree with. Now if you said something like "The gap between their ceilings will be offset but whatever return we could get," then that would make a little more sense.
Is most of this recent Letang souring due to him having a bad playoffs playing with a bum hip? Or the cheapshots this year, which I imagine he'll learn to avoid more as he matures a player?
The comment was meant to address the combined skillset being greater than Letang. I think Morrow is as good a skater as Letang, and that is saying something I know. I think Morrow showed a brief glimpse of his ability as a PP QB. I think Despres can grow into that as well. I think Despres' big body is very effective at moving guys without the more blatant stickwork Letang always resorts to.
I do worry about Letang, because as I said his style is fun to watch as he is amazing skater who plays on the very edge of control at both ends. I am not as sure as you on the idea of him learning to avoid the big hit, and he is a smaller guy in general who is amazingly strong for his size. His issue is that when the other team gets a cycle going and his responsibilities take him to either the corners or the slot - he takes as much abuse as he gives.
I wish he was smarter ala Karlsson from Ottawa, who rarely takes big hits and almost never gets hit head on. Always sliding one way or another.
My statements have never included running down Letang. In fact, it is the opposite. He would command a huge return from a team that does not have a Despres ready and a Morrow one AHL season or less away.
If the Pens had a stable of decent Forward prospects ready to push veteran role players aside, I'd love to just allow Morrow and Despres to plug into our D alongside him. That is not the case, and the alternatives to reworking the prospect pool should not include Staal or Malkin. That is subtraction from the very spot we need to add.
I would love to see him stay healthy and win a Norris next year, but when the Playoffs come if we so obviously miss youth, size and speed upfront and are lefting wanting for an option when Fleury struggles - then that Norris will mean as much as Malkin's Hart trophy from this year.
Letang would bring a complete Organizational change that could bring returns for now and the future. Otherwise, in Beau Bennett we trust.