We all knew that the club would be doing something: shaking up the roster, shaking up the coaching staff, shaking up the front office. But I don’t think anyone anticipated the addition of Mark Letestu from the Penguins in exchange for a fourth round draft pick. Letestu was a surprise from the Pens training camp last year , had 27 points in 64 games for the Pens, but has not been as productive during the beginning of this season.
With the anticipated return of Sidney Crosby, it seems the Pens had a glut at center, especially with Joe Vitale and Richard Park stepping up this year, and someone was going to have to go. It appears that Letestu was being shopped around and that other teams were in the market for his skills. Why Columbus? Letestu was undrafted; with a 4th round draft pick, Pittsburgh got something for an extra center. Columbus gets a player with a 55% face off rate who was capable of putting the puck in the net last year. We’ll see who got the better deal out of this trade.
The most interesting aspect of this whole transaction was Scott Howson’s comments on acquiring Letestu:
We like the player. It does not fill an immediate need, but you can never have too many centers. We think he’s a top-nine talent.
What do you think? Is Letestu a good addition to the team? Or should Howson have looked to fill a more immediate need?