Tico Rick wrote:
The Snapshot wrote:Still hate the idea of having Fleury as our goaltender.
Letang should be traded right now.
Agree on Letang for sure. I'm not totally opposed to giving Fleury a chance if he sees a sports psychologist over the summer, but the Pens can't afford to have a $5 million backup goaltender.
I do not believe there is another Penguin skater who was more responsible for the Pens loss and even their earlier struggles against the Isles than Letang. He sets the tone for the entire 5 man unit and he plays half the game. It stands to reason that if one guy is a free-lancer who ignores positioning and continually counts on his skating to bail himself out, he hangs the other 4 out to dry in terms of their decision making.
I say this even though I completely admire his skillset. I love to watch him play. He is one of the most dynamic players I have watched for quite a while. He is so strong for his size. He skates like no other. He has a great shot. His vision is great. He is the complete set of tools but he still can't quite seem to lock the toolbox.
I do expect that if he goes elsewhere, and more is demander of him in his new system in terms of focus on D first - he could be someone I'll hate seeing in the other uniform for a long time.
The economics make this a seeming no-brainer that he cannot stay long term. These facts above help me manage my grief that he cannot.
I'd like to see more focus on structure and less focus on elite skill. The last 4 years have shown that responsible, focused and motivated mid-level performers can out-do even the elite talents in the game. Playing within a better structure overall, I do believe that these elite guys can then be the difference. Right now, we want to win playoffs by throwing our sticks out there.