MONTREAL — The Pittsburgh Penguins core is unique in a salary cap world. Not only is the trio of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang the only core to win back-to-back Stanley Cups in full 82-game seasons, but each also left significant money on the table in favor of team-friendly AAVs so there was enough left over to re-stock the team.
Oh, and young Alex Letang had begun the process of looking into other cities to see where he might want to live, but is much happier in Pittsburgh with his friends.
For some, there might be a sarcastic headline or quip for giving a 35-year-old defenseman a six-year contract. And therein lies one of the extraordinary, or unbelievable, things about the breaking news from Day 1 of the 2022 NHL Draft. Kris Letang genuinely intends to fulfill the entire term of his new contract.
Letang, 35, signed a six-year deal worth $36.6 million on Thursday morning. Kris Letang will play his last game of the deal just before his 41st birthday.