Ilya Mikheyev Posted July 5, 2022 Share Posted July 5, 2022 (edited) Couldn't see a thread on this - my apologies if I missed it. From Lebrun today: Quote Still, no breakthrough on the Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang contract fronts as of Monday morning although my sense is there has been some movement from all sides. The Penguins’ original position, I believe, was a two-year extension for each player, and both balked at that. I believe the club has moved on term to three years for each. But the AAV also matters and I don’t have a good read on where that is in each case. The two players are represented by different agents so it’s not like they’re in lockstep on what they ultimately want but I’m guessing both would prefer a four-year extension at least if the AAV is going to be club-friendly...I think in the end Letang gets done, he stays put in Pittsburgh, I don’t have as good a read on the Malkin path right now. From Pens beat writer Yohe: Quote • Numerous agents have told me that, after conversations they’ve had with Penguins general manager Ron Hextall, they believe it’s unlikely that Evgeni Malkin is returning to Pittsburgh. Some people I’ve spoken with in the Penguins organization feel the same way. So, is Malkin gone? It’s impossible to say, but here’s what I know: Hextall is willing to sign him at a certain price. However, sources said the two sides haven’t been speaking regularly after initial talks when the Penguins’ season ended on May 15. Hockey people who speak with Hextall on a regular basis are very much under the impression that Malkin’s return to the Penguins is no sure thing... ...Hextall, in particular, is being stingy with Malkin and Kris Letang in regards to what they want. Many agents around the league have also confirmed Hextall isn’t likely to give the contract lengths that free agents on the market are demanding... ... • The Penguins very much want to sign Letang. They believe he remains a No. 1 defenseman despite being 35, and, given his exceptional training, they believe he can remain elite for a while longer. Hextall is also aware that no one on his current roster can replicate the minutes or responsibility that Letang can handle. The Penguins like John Marino but don’t have any notion that he’s the Penguins’ next No. 1 defenseman. They like Mike Matheson, too, but don’t envision him in such a role, either. Attractive players are on the free-agent market, namely John Klingberg, but the Penguins know they’ll be overpaying for anyone they land once free agency begins. That brings us back to Letang. The Penguins have offered Letang a three-year contract. Letang wants five years and something north of $8 million per year annually, perhaps as high as $9 million. From Sportsnet: Quote "We want to sign both players...but they gotta come back at term and contract dollars that make sense," Penguins president of hockey operations Brian Burke said on The Jeff Marek Show. "And if not, they're not coming back. "We should know I'm guessing in the next little bit. We've made determined efforts to meet with and to sign Kris Letang. Less determined with Malkin only because we have to know how much money we have to work with and we have to put this jigsaw puzzle together. So very direct discussions with the agent for Evgeni Malkin but less intense. "There's gotta be some sequence here. One has to sign and then the other or maybe neither of them. But it's coming to a head soon." Elliotte Friedman: Quote [T]eams who that Kris Letang see a path to a Penguin extension. One exec refused to tell me specifically what he heard, but said Pittsburgh’s willing to go into “what it considers uncomfortable territory” for Letang. For me, uncomfortable territory right now is Pearson Airport, but I can’t tell you what that means for the Penguins. Word is they’ve been extremely careful about term. Evgeni Malkin? Honestly, I don’t know. I keep hearing not close, but, again, I wonder if things change once we get closer to July 13. Does a deadline nudge both sides closer? No idea. Edited July 10, 2022 by Teemu Selänne Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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