The chances of seeing Evgeni Malkin play anywhere other than Pittsburgh seem to be growing. It wasn’t exactly what we thought a few weeks ago, but the file seems to be developing in a strange way.
And of course that could free up some money to keep Kristopher Letang with the penguins. Because yes, at the moment the chances of seeing the Quebecer in Pittsburgh are good, according to journalist Josh Yohe.
Which penguins are staying and which ones are leaving town this summer? Here’s what I see: https://t.co/QbhixHE8pL
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) June 30, 2022
If this happens (Malkin OUT and Letang IN) it would mean that what was going to happen with the penguins is not exactly what we planned a few months ago.
Things change fast sometimes in the world of hockey.
Still considered a top defender despite his age, why should Letang stay in the city? Because his priority was always to stay with the penguins first.
But also because the negotiations seem to be going well. With no assurances that he will safely return to the pens, negotiations are going well and the gap between the requests and the offers is narrowing.
Friedman on TJMS speaking to Kris Letang and Pittsburgh: “Another team said to me last night, I think they’re a team that has some interest in him, but they said there’s a way to a deal between the Penguins and Letang admit they understand it’s not ridiculously far apart”.
— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) June 30, 2022
What would that mean for the Canadian? First, Jeff Petry could hardly be traded to the Penguins if Kris Letang decides to stay there.
Above all, he would not sign with CH. He was one of the fans’ targets because he clearly always wanted to play in the city and because Kent Hughes, his former agent-turned-GM in Montreal, must have some idea of what he wants to do.
But basically it was a utopia to see him with the Canadian. Why?
Because according to journalist Josh Yohe, the defender would like a five-year contract with at least eight million dollars a year. He could take less, but that’s a lot of money.
The latest on Geno Malkin, Kris Letang, sluggish negotiations and a very uncertain summer for the Penguins: https://t.co/UsVFH2AHY7
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) June 28, 2022
The Canadian wants to free up money in the long term. Example? Going for Evgenii Dadonov’s contract against Shea Weber’s, not being overly interested in Kevin Fiala, etc.
Even now that the rumors surrounding Kristopher Letang had water in the gas, I believe more than ever that it will be a missed meeting between the Canadian and the Quebecer.
– Sharks file: A former player would have an advantage.
**Hold a 👁 on**
I was told that Ray Whitney and Mike Grier are two of the finalists for the @SanJoseSharks GM role. Being a Shark trainer is a priority for the Sharks in their recruitment process.@espn @NHL #HockeyTwitter
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) July 1, 2022
“Basically, of course, we want to reach the playoffs,” said Derek Lalonde.
In an interview with Steve Yzerman, Lalonde said he feels his passion for the Red Wings.
—Brad Galli (@BradGalli) July 1, 2022
– Something’s brewing in Laval.
This is the opening of the American League free agent market. Only players with AHL agreements can sign with another team today. https://t.co/bnYrx524bf
— Anthony Marcotte (@anthonymarcotte) July 1, 2022
– Well done.
Alphonso Davies, who shows up unannounced at a 5v5 pitch in Malta and asks the boys there if he could play and have fun with them, underscores one of his best qualities: he’s down to earth. Stay the way you are, @AlphonsoDavies! pic.twitter.com/1jPUATMqRM
— BayernForum.com (@BayernForumCom) July 1, 2022