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Penguins GM on Kris Letang: 'I cant project the future'

Penguins GM on Kris Letang: 'I cant project the future'
Published On: Fri, May 18
Apr 18, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his second period goal with left wing Chris Kunitz (14) as the New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates away during game 2 of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Following an up-and-down season, some have speculated if the Penguins could consider trading defenseman Kris Letang this summer. Speaking with Josh Yohe of The Athletic (subscription required), GM Jim Rutherford acknowledged that hea€™s not shopping the blueliner but he stopped short of confirming that he wona€™t be dealt:

a€œHea€™s not a guy that Ia€™m actively trying to trade from our team. Hea€™s been a great player for a long time and I think hea€™ll continue to be so. But, I cana€™t sit here and project an offer that some team could come along and make. I cana€™t project the future.a€

The 31-year-old collected 51 points (9-42-51) in 79 games this season but struggled at times in the defensive zone. However, he did manage to stay healthy which is notable since he was coming off of significant neck surgery.

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