Free Agent Notes: Pens turn to Letang, Orr gets two years, Lightning sign Suri
- Updated: June 14, 2013
Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins will now turn to Kris Letang who will be looking for a big raise from his $3.5 million. There has been speculation that he could be dealt if both sides can’t get a deal done. GM Ray Shero clarified his statement, and notes that Letang is under contract from next season.
“That gives us some latitude and leeway,” Shero said. “We’ll certainly turn our attention to Kris over the next little bit and see where we are and see if we’re in the same ballpark, what we’re thinking. He certainly is a key player for us, and he’s a young player. I do believe his best days in his career are ahead of him.
“But, until we get to those discussions … it’s hard for me exactly to know what Kris’ intentions are until I get into discussions with his agent and with Kris.”
“If we don’t have a deal by the draft, does that mean we’re trading him?” Shero said of Letang. “I can’t speculate. You never want to say a player can’t be traded or will never be traded. It’s hard to do that.
“If we get into July or August or next [season] with Kris Letang on [essentially] a one-year contract … I would say we’d like to keep him. He’s a very good defenseman, and they’re very hard to find.”
Louis Jean: Source is saying that it is not a “slam dunk” that Kris Letang signs an extension with the Penguins. His agent and GM Ray Shero will have a meeting next week. Letang’s asking price could easily be $8 million.
David Alter: Colton Orr re-signed with the Maple Leafs for 2 years at $925,000 per season.
Damian Cristodero: The Lightning sign Reto Suri for 2013-14 on a 1-year, two-way deal