Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Letestu Dealt to Blue Jackets

2011/2012 StatsContract Details
To ColumbusPositionAgeGPGAPYears
Cap Hit
Mark LetestuForward26110112$625,000
To PittsburghPositionAgeGPGAPYears
Cap Hit
2012 4th Round Draft Pick

On Tuesday evening, the Pittsburgh Penguins dealt away Mark Letestu to the Columbus Blue Jackets, helping to ease some of the logjam that the team is gathering at the centre spot. With some more young talent getting healthy in Pittsburgh and the small possibility that Sidney Crosby might be ready to return in the near future, Letestu had quickly became expendable to the team.

For the Blue Jackets, something needed to happen and quickly.  With the team 2-11-1 through 14 games this season, easily the basement team in the NHL, questions are certainly abound on what they could do to help this slide.  Letestu is branded as a decent two-way centre with a bit of offensive upside, but has somewhat of a physical downside.  Nevertheless, a little bit more depth is something the Blue Jackets could use, but this certainly isn't the immediate fix they need, it's just a stepping stone towards getting fixed.

There is a slight chance that Letestu might end up being pool worthy with this move, obviously he goes to a situation that needs him and he won't be bogged behind three superstar centres that can't stay healthy.  With a solid two-way game, he can become very valuable to a defense-first kind of team in Columbus.

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