Henry Hank wrote:There's no reason they can't keep Malkin and Letang and still field a great team. There will always have to be compromises (well, usually) under a salary cap but those aren't the kind of guys you let go unless you have to. They don't have to. There's plenty of other fat they can cut off that's more replaceable. Guys like Niskanen and Kennedy and Jokinen go before anyone. You let a Morrow or even Iginla or Dupuis go before you let one of those guys go. Really, the high priced guy they should probably ditch is Fleury. You know, the guy they devote $5 million of cap space to who they aren't even using in the playoffs.
As for getting rid of Martin. Come on. They're lucky to have him for two more years. He's arguably their best overall D. No way.
Totally agree. We pretty much know what Geno will sign for, and unless Letang makes some ridiculous demand, he should stay too. The way to get Despres and the other young D into the lineup is to part with the Engellands and Niskanen's of the world. Martin and Orpik have a few prime years left and Letang is just entering his. The Pens are in "Cup winning mode" not rebuilding mode.
Kennedy, Cooke, Niskanen, Morrow, perhaps Jokinen will likely be cap casualties. There's about 10 million on the table right there. Tough decisions will have to be made, no doubt, but choosing between keeping Martin, Geno, or Letang won't be among them. As for Dupuis, I think he'll take three years at a small discount and a chance to win 3 more Cups as opposed to a bigger contract somewhere else to go play with a crappy center.