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Pens scramble to trade Letang?!

This could be a risky move, especially done in panic mode!

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For the first time in the past three years, the Pittsburgh Penguins need to put a new plan in motion to get back to Stanley contention and win another championship. After two consecutive triumphs in 2016 and 2017, the loss at the hands of the Washington Capitals in the second round of the playoffs has pushed the Penguins' management to come up with solutions to make sure they can go all the way once again in the upcoming season. 

While some moves have been made to strengthen the blue line, one potential transaction remains in limbo. However, a column in My NHL Rumors points out that the Penguins might be running out of time on trading one good trade chip, defenseman Kris Letang, and that the team may be now scrambling to make it happen this summer. 

Towards the end of the regular season, Pens general manager Jim Rutherford could not guarantee that the defender that was selected by Pittsburgh in the third round, 62nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, would not be placed on the trade block... 

“Let me put it this way,” Rutherford had said to The Athletic’s Josh Yohe. “He’s not a guy that I’m actively trying to trade from our team. He’s been a great player for a long time and I think he’ll continue to be so. But, I can’t sit here and project an offer that some team could come along and make. I can’t project the future.”

When the trade chatter started being heard earlier in the summer, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet said on the panel that Pittsburgh would be looking for two pieces in return: a center and a top winger. However, Letang's trade value is now as high as it once might have been, and the Penguins could have to settle for just one element in a return. 

The Penguins have been working on improving their defensive corps, and veteran Justin Schultz and Brian Dumoulin have taken more important roles in the lineup. The team proved back in the spring of 2017 that they did not desperately need Letang in the fold, as he missed the entire postseason due to injuries, and Pittsburgh still managed to bring home the Cup... 

Letang is due $7,25 million for another four years, but his value will continue to take a hit, especially if the injuries het the better of him... 

So, it might be true: the Penguins might be scrambling to find a trade partner for Letang.