If Norris Trophy-nominated defenceman Kris Letang cant come to a long-term deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, his preferred landing spot would be with the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Speaking to Jim Tatti and Mike Hogan on TSN Radio 1050s Game Night on Wednesday, Rossi explained why such a scenario could take shape. "Kris is a little bit curious about where he stands long range in the Penguins plans," he told TSN Radio. "He has read reports of mine that there are people within the Pittsburgh organization that thought Paul Martin was the better defenceman last year, and there has been a sort of a hesitation on a willingness to commit to him (Letang) to a long-term deal at elite defenceman money. "Ive been told that if the Penguins couldnt reach some sort of understanding with Letang, and the belief was they wouldnt be able to sign him to some sort of deal, that Toronto has emerged as a preferred landing spot - perhaps by Letang. It would be a place that he would be willing, if dealt, to perhaps sign a long-term deal." Where possible trades are concerned, Letang himself has no final say on who his next team would be. "We havent discussed the Toronto Maple Leafs, period," Letangs agent Kent Hughes told TSN on Thursday morning. "Our focus has been on trying to conclude a deal with Pittsburgh." Rossi also made it clear that Pittsburgh remains keenly interested in signing Letang to an extension. "General manager Ray Shero has been very public since the lockout ended that he wants to retain Letang, but the Penguins have committed a lot of money to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and they have also committed no-movement clauses to both of those players," he explained. "Theyre very deep in their system on defence." Letang had five goals and 33 assists in 35 games for the Penguins this season. Rossi noted that Pittsburghs price to deal the 26-year-old Montreal native would be quite high. "If the Penguins are going to move Letang they would want to deal with a team that could provide at least one roster player in addition to a first-round pick and a top prospect...if not two roster players in addition to a first-round pick," explained Rossi. "But I dont think were quite there yet and I dont know that they Penguins and Leafs have had any discussions." The Penguins traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes at the NHL Draft a year ago when Staal declined to sign a long-term extension with Pittsburgh. Nike Factory Outlet Online Australia . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. Nike Shoes Discount Australia . - After leading the Saints to a fourth playoff appearance in five seasons, Drew Brees expressed confidence in the direction of his team and, perhaps more importantly, showed a willingness to listen to contract proposals if the team needs his help getting under the NFLs salary cap. http://www.nikecheapshoesaustralia.com/ .J. -- Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons. Nike Shoes Australia Outlet . According to a report from the Winnipeg Free Press, the Bombers will name Acting GM Kyle Walters to the post full time. Nike Shoes Sale Online Australia . A big centre with all the tools to be an elite player, Johansen paced the Blue Jackets with a standout game Saturday night. He had a goal and two assists for a career-high three points as Columbus beat the New York Islanders 5-2 to snap a five-game losing streak. Below are the Week 1 NFL preseason lines, courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.FridayMiami Dolphins at New York Giants (-3, 36.5)Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5, 35.5)Minnesota Vikings at?Cincinnati Bengals?(-3, 35)Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers (OFF)Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals (-3, 37.5)SaturdaySeattle Seahawks at Kanssas City Chiefs (-2.dddddddddddd5, 35.5)Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (OFF)Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams (-4, 35)San Diego Chargers at Tennessee Titans (-3, 35.5)SundayHouston Texans at San Francisco 49ers (-3, 36) ' ' '