Kris Letang‘s name made it into the NHL’s ongoing rumour mill earlier this week, sparking some speculation about his future with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
But according to Penguins reporter Josh Yohe, the Penguins aren’t looking to deal the defenceman.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman wrote about Letang’s situation in his latest edition of 31 Thoughts and pondered the possibility of a trade involving the veteran defenceman, pointing to Montreal and perhaps Detroit as potential fits should the Penguins wish to consider it.
Letang, who is currently on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, has four years remaining on his eight-year, $58-million contract with a Penguins team that needs to create some cap space. As Friedman points out, Letang’s history of health issues also makes this an interesting case.
From 31 Thoughts:
He’s good, and everyone knows it. What makes this tricky is his health history — which includes a stroke and concussions, among other injuries. Letang’s seen several doctors/specialists outside the Penguins’ prism, so you’d have to assume any interested opponent would want access to that information. Therefore, the big question is going to be: Is this too complex for an in-season deal? -Elliotte Friedman, via 31 Thoughts
Letang has two goals and 25 points through 32 games this season, and has registered 89 goals and 411 points in 640 career NHL games with the Penguins.