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“I would be surprised if we didn’t sign Letang”

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Over the past few months, the Kristopher Letang file has been running a lot of ink. Free agent without compensation on July 13, many reported that Quebecer and the Penguins had a hard time agreeing on a contract.

Since Kent Hughes was his agent, his name had even been linked to the Habs.

But it seems that it will be necessary to relegate all these speculations to oblivion. On the sidelines of the CEO’s press conference, Ron Hextall, the Penguins, said he’d be surprised if the two sides didn’t sign a contract soon.

This is hardly surprising. The right is still a very good hockey player and by far the best defender of the Penguins. With 68 points from 78 games, he set a personal best in this category last year.

His departure would leave a hole on the Pittsburgh blue line.

So the team currently has nearly $ 21 million of space under the salary cap. Although they have yet to sign several players, such as Evgeni Malkin, Kasperi Kapanen or Evan Rodrigues, they can afford to sign again.

Especially since Sidney Crosby’s lineup didn’t say the last word. It’s been 16 years straight since he qualified for the playoffs and Pittsburgh has no plans to rebuild. There are a few good seasons left at 87 and they will want to maximize that.

But for this they will also have to count on Malkin’s return. However, Hextall seemed a little less confident in this matter.

I would be very surprised if Malkin left Pennsylvania, but you never know.

Especially since it could get very interesting offers elsewhere. To make up for the probable loss of Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals could turn to the great Russian center. Imagine a Malkin-Ovechkin duo! Even if they are old, it would be a sight.

So the Pittsburgh-Washington matches would be “to be seen on TV”.

Even if nothing is confirmed, the disappointment of not seeing Letang in Montreal would be great. He would have been a great mentor to young people and a real asset to the power play.

But honestly, that rumor didn’t really make sense. Even if the Habs manage to trade Jeff Petry, they won’t be able to sign another expensive defender. With the salary problems the team is facing, it’s unrealistic.

We can therefore (most likely) put a cross on the idea of ​​seeing Letang and Patrice Bergeron wearing the uniform of the Canadian.

In 2023 it will be Jonathan Huberdeau’s turn to become an unlimited free agent.

Will we finally see a great Quebec zodiac sign in Montreal?

Lot of

– And the contract he will sign will probably double!

–Remember that Gagnon had reported that the Canadian would favor Slafkovsky right now

– Most likely the 7th choice will be swapped

– To listen

– Beginning of reconstruction in Vancouver?

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