Stevens25 wrote:IF, and man I hate to see it happen, we lose Letang, they better find someone who can carry the puck in on the PP. Letang really is the only one who does it at a consistently high rate.
... then he immediately turns it over once we establish the zone.
Letang is not good on the power play, you are correct. And he will be paid like someone who is, which poses a problem. But he and Karlsson are the best passing and skating defensemen in the NHL, and that element will need to be replaced either from within the organization or via free agency.
Letang is very frustrating to watch in terms of his play in the offensive zone. He's never become a goal scorer, and constantly misses the net, even when he takes his time and has a clear shooting lane. He also is somewhat injury prone. Trading him right now would be nuts, because they need him badly. But if the defensive prospects coming up are for real, RS has to know that the return on a trade for 58 would be tempting when the time comes. First round picks and roster players would likely be coming back.
But let's watch them get the Cup this season and worry about that later.