Despite reports that the Pittsburgh Penguins had signed defenseman Kris Letang to an eight-year deal, the two sides still haven’t come to an agreement.
They are close though.
According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Letang has reportedly been offered two separate contracts – one that is eight-years and one that is four.
Number-58 is said to be close to accepting the eight-year deal worth $58 million; however, Rossi is also reporting via Twitter that there are still kinks to work out and talks got tense before the draft.
â€” Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) July 1, 2013
Unable to quite understand what exactly Rossi means when “talks turned tense,” it sounds as though they are on the verge of inking the Norris trophy finalist.
Although on the other hand, situations like these could potentially go from bad to worse – so if the Pens want Letang in a Pens sweater longer than next season, they’d best get to compromising soon.
Due to the new CBA agreement, Letang cannot officially sign until July 5th.
And because the Pens have been known to be spontaneous when dealing with high-profiled players, we shouldn’t rule out Letang being traded in the coming days.
General Manager Ray Shero is scheduled to continue talks with Letang and his agent tomorrow.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Letang watch.