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Pittsburgh Penguins First Order of Business: Trade Kris Letang
- Updated: May 14, 2014
The Pittsburgh Penguins need to trade Kris Letang in order to bring greater depth at the forward position. There are many holes which the Penguins need to address, but the lack of depth at the forward position has been one of their shortfalls ever since their last Stanley Cup win. Current (and possibly former at any point now) GM Ray Shero needs to acknowledge the needs of the team, and which players the Penguins can do without, most notably, Krist Letang.
Why Trade Your Best Defencemen?
The need to trade Letang has nothing to do with his most recent health issues, it is what he brings to the Penguins that makes him expendable. The player who is of least of an asset to the team, along with the biggest value on the market, is most certaintly Letang. The puck-moving defencemen is an offensive juggernaut, but what he brings to the team is not worth the 7.25 Million cap hit. He helps man the point and contribute offensively 5 on 5 and on the powerplay. With the emergence of Olli Maata and Matt Niskanen on defence to go along with James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin at forward, it seems the Penguins will maintain their offensive dominance on the man advantage and even strength.
What Does Pittsburgh Need?
What Pittsburgh needs the most are grinder-like players. Brian Gibbons, Tanner Glass, and Taylor Pyatt gave it all their might, but they are not the type of forwards needed to bring you closer to winning the Stanley Cup. They have enough offensive prowess, but what Pittsburgh is lacking are forwards who can ware opponents down and pitch in on offence.
In the Penguins last Stanley Cup win in 2009, they had the offensive depth needed to win. Players like Bill Guerin, Max Talbot, Miroslav Satan, and Tyler Kennedy helped support Pittsburgh’s deadly offence through grinding and even chipping in offensively when their star forwards had an off night. They have not properly replaced these players, but are still one of the best offensive teams in the league. The team will still be near the top of the league in goal scoring without Letang, and if they trade him for more offensive depth, they will have a better shot at becoming the dynasty the Pittsburgh Penguins were meant to be.