Important new development regarding the future of Letang and Malkin in the NHL

Published May 24, 2022 at 5:50 PM

Since the Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated by the New York Rangers last week, all the team's fans are wondering if they are witnessing the end of an era in Pittsburgh.

But now that the case of forward Bryan Rust has been settled, as he has signed a new 6-year contract with the Penguins worth $30.75 million, we are waiting for the next steps regarding the team's two other unrestricted free agents, Evgeni Malkin and Kristopher Letang.

Both players have reportedly received offers from the Penguins, offers that have infuriated team captain Sidney Crosby, and one is left to wonder if the team's management is really interested in retaining the services of the two veterans.

There's something new

But according to what Vincent Fournier of reports, Penguins GM Ron Hextall is finally actively trying to keep his star trio intact, and according to Sportsnet, talks have even been held recently with Letang and Malkin.

Very interesting developments!

The Penguins had offered both players three-year contracts for about $5 million per year, which is literally below their market value. Malkin was making $9.5 million this season while Letang was making $7.25 million a year.

Would Captain Crosby's grumbling have been echoed in the front office? Maybe, because after all, he is a major influence on the team and the tide seems to be turning.

With the Penguins having been eliminated early for the fourth straight season, it may very well be that the organization wants to change the image of the franchise by rebuilding, but at the same time, the re-signing of Bryan Rust is a sign that Crosby's team could still excel next year and that the Penguins could still be among the favorites when training camp opens next fall.

Do you think Letang and/or Malkin will re-sign in Pittsburgh, with this new statement from GM Ron Hextall?

May 24   |   72 answers
Important new development regarding the future of Letang and Malkin in the NHL

Will Hextall be able to keep Malkin and Letang?

Yes both3345.8 %
Only Malkin will stay1318.1 %
Only Letang will stay1115.3 %
Both will leave1520.8 %
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