Penguins veteran defenseman Mark Eaton has been paired with Kris Letang at times over the past several years, including the team's run to the 2009 Stanley Cup. There was a gap, though, when Eaton spent two seasons with the New York Islanders.

Look at how things have changed. Eaton rejoined the Penguins this season, the Islanders are the opposition in a first-round playoff series, and Letang has become one of the best at his craft.

Letang, 26, was one of three finalists announced Tuesday for the Norris Trophy, which goes to the top defenseman in the NHL, and Eaton can see why.

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