Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero is continuing negotiations with defenseman Kris Letang, though the time for a decision may be approaching.
"There is a time to make a deal, time to sign a contract, agree on a contract or not agree on a contract," Shero told the Penguins website Saturday. "There is a point in the negotiation where you have to make a decision. Kris is going to have to make one and so am I.
"Both sides have to make some decisions. We'll go from there."
Letang has one season remaining on a contract with a salary-cap value of $3.5 million in 2013-14. Shero wants to sign him to a long-term contract, but the two sides have yet to agree on a deal. The Penguins reportedly offered an eight-year deal worth about $7 million per season but were turned down.
The scenario with Letang is much the same as the one Shero and the Penguins faced with center Jordan Staal at this time last year. Shero's answer was to trade Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for center Brandon Sutter, a first-round draft pick and defense prospect Brian Dumoulin.