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Report: Letang, Pens take ‘step forward’ in talks

Jun 30, 2013, 9:12 AM EDT

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Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero insists that he’s still trying to sign defenseman Kris Letang to a contract extension, although some believe that a scheduled Saturday discussion with Letang’s agent Kent Hughes was a make-or-break affair. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi indicates that some positives came from that meeting.

It doesn’t sound like anything was made or broken, however.

Rossi described the session as a “step forward,” though it’s anyone’s guess if the two sides will ultimately fall a stride or two short of a new deal.

Even so, the Penguins have a better idea of what they need to do to retain the star blueliner, Rossi reports.

Does that mean that Penguins fans can safely assume the 26-year-old won’t move during draft time, a period that often produces trades that overshadow the picks themselves? That much remains to be seen.

  1. killerpgh - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Tick, tock, tick, tock….time is running out and a decision need to be made very soon to maximize the return.

  2. pdmjr - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    There should be no urgency to get this done, he is under contract and Pgh can trade him anytime

  3. ironcity6pak - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    He’s staying

  4. jonkchar - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    he was good points-wise but I was not a fan of his 2013 postseason..

    • letsgopens8771 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Or his 2012 postseason…

  5. steelers88 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    If Letang doesn’t get traded then someone else has to the Penguins are actually a really old team. They need young forwards to keep up with Malkin and Crosby not guys who are 40 years old. I like Letang but he is just a offensive defenseman his not that great on defense. I actually think if the Penguins wanted to they could move Letang on Crosby’s line as a winger.

    • pdmjr - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Dumbest comment ever.

  6. sjsharks66 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    You want to see an old team? Check out the Sharks. The pens are actually rather young, with the exception of a few veteran guys.

  7. steelers88 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    A few veteran guys? 13 players on the Penguins roster last year were 30 years and older. There are 14 guys in their 20’s on the team. The Penguins to me looked old and slow in the Playoffs last year.

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