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Penguins and Letang's agent agree on having further talks

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TSN.ca Staff
6/19/2013 2:03:41 PM
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Nothing has been set in stone regarding Kris Letang's future in Pittsburgh just yet.

Letang's agent Kent Hughes met with Penguins general manager Ray Shero in Boston on Wednesday regarding his client's status with the club and didn't reveal much in what's widely characterized as a pivotal moment in the all-star defenceman's career.

"We've agreed to have further talks," Hughes told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on Wednesday afternoon. "Not going to say more at this time."

With the salary cap going down and $18.2 million tied up in Sidney Crosby and a newly-signed Evgeni Malkin, there's been much speculation on whether the Penguins will keep Letang, who is entering the final year of a four-year contract.

The Penguins' surprisingly quick exit in the Eastern Conference Final against the Boston Bruins, combined with the high price he'll likely command has prompted debate on whether the Penguins will re-sign or trade him.

Letang, a finalist for the Norris Trophy this spring, finished second in the scoring race among NHL defencemen this season despite missing more than a quarter of the campaign. The 26-year-old Montreal native had 38 points in 35 games and was the only blueliner to score at a point-per-game rate.

James Neal Kris Letang (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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