There have been rumours circulating that Kris Letang may not want to stay in Pittsburgh for the long-term. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun was informed by a source that Letang’s camp told the Penguins that he has refused a contract extension from the team worth $56M over eight years.
This news comes on the heels of Wednesday’s report that Letang would prefer to dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs if Pittsburgh plans on moving him. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Leafs were at the top of his list of he can’t sign an extension with the Penguins. However, Letang doesn’t have a say in what team he is traded to.
This is a similar situation to last year around draft time when the organization traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes after the two sides failed to come to terms on an extension.
The Norris Trophy finalist is heading into the final year of a deal will pay him $3.5M in 2013-14. It is being reported that Letang wants to closer to $8M per season in a new contract.