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Kris Letang | Defenseman

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 201
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Kris Letang has been named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
This is Letang's second straight nomination for the Masterton Trophy by Pittsburgh. Just 15 months after suffering a stroke, 27 year old Letang had a career season despite missing 13 games to injury. He reached double-digits in goals for the fourth time, second straight, with 11 goals (tied career high), while setting personal records with 43 assists and 54 points. This all while leading Pittsburgh in average ice time per game with 25:29, almost three more minutes than any other teammate. Apr 30 - 8:24 PM

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Kris Letang (concussion) expects to be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

Given that Letang recent resumed skating and he's got months left to recover, we imagine he'll be available for the start of training camp. That being said, each road back from a concussion is unique so it's impossible for us to say with 100% certainty that Letang will be able to practice and play without limitations right from the beginning of camp.
Apr 27 - 7:23 AM

Kris Letang (concussion) is in good spirits according to coach Mike Johnson.

GM Jim Rutherford said the other day that he did not think Letang would return this season. "I don’t think anybody really knows at this point. But those concussions, they’re just something that takes a determined amount of time just to sort of see where he’s at, how he’s recovering," Johnston said. "But he seems to be doing good. He comes into the office, you talk to him [and] he’s in good spirits right now. So I’m optimistic anyway."
Apr 12 - 9:46 AM

Do not expect to see Kris Letang (concussion) on the ice again this season.

Gm Jim Rutherford said it was unlikely that Letang would return from the March 28 concussion. "Based on his present condition," Rutherford said, "it's not likely he'd return this year." Earlier in the week it was reported that he was riding a stationary bike and could return but it seems unlikely now.
Apr 11 - 8:45 AM

Kris Letang (concussion) may be ready for the playoffs should the Penguins qualify, but a timetable for his return hasn't been cemented yet.

He has started to work out off the ice after suffering a concussion on Mar. 28. "As far as I know, he has ridden a (stationary) bike," coach Mike Johnston said. "That's the extent of it."
Apr 7 - 5:55 PM

Kris Letang (concussion) could begin working out on an exercise bike later this week.

Letang was injured nine days ago when he was knocked into the boards by the Coyotes Shane Doan. He will not return before the end of the regular season and the Penguins may need to go pretty deep in the playoffs if they hope to get Letang back and healthy and into their lineup.
Apr 6 - 8:23 AM

With Kris Letang, Christian Ehrhoff, and Olli Maata each out with various injuries, the Pittsburgh Penguins dressed just five defenders Sunday night against San Jose.

Paul Martin and Derrick Pouliot pair to make the first unit, while Rob Scuderi and Ian Cole combined to created the second unit. Leaving Ben Lovejoy to cycle through as the game wears on. Forward Daniel Winnik is expected to be tapped to drop back if needed.

Kris Letang is out of hospital but he has a concussion.

Letang went awkwardly into the boards when hit by Shane Doan. Do not expect him back in the regular season which only has two weeks to go and his readiness for the playoffs is definitely up in the air as he has had concussion issues in the past.
Mar 29 - 11:29 AM

Kris Letang was expected to spend the night in hospital after being knocked into the boards by Shane Doan Saturday.

Letang went awkwardly into the boards and there is no update at this time. "It's awful," Doan said. "When it happened, I could tell right away he went into the boards awkwardly. He's so good, you can't let him jump by you. I wanted to get a piece of him so he couldn't jump by me. We have to finish our checks on him. I didn't mean to hit him like that. You never want to see that, especially a guy of his caliber and everything he's been through the past few years." We will update you as soon as there is any word on his status but hopefully he is just under observation and will get released today.
Mar 29 - 10:30 AM

Scary news from the Pittsburgh Penguins: Kris Letang underwent evaluations at a hospital following a Shane Doan hit on Saturday.

The Penguins won 3-2 against the Arizona Coyotes, yet their thoughts are obviously with Letang, especially considering his history with head injuries. Doan must be at least a little concerned about a suspension since he's had run-ins before.
Mar 28 - 4:13 PM

Kris Letang had an assist in a 3-1 win against Arizona on Saturday.

Letang has 11 goals and 54 points in 66 contests this season. He's already set a new career high in points, but that's mostly because he's been relatively healthy this season compared to recent years. If he hadn't been forced to battle through so many health problems over the previous few years, this would probably have been his fifth straight season of at least 50 points.
Mar 22 - 10:26 AM

Kris Letang is Pittsburgh's nominee for the Masterton Trophy, which recognizes players for sportsmanship and perseverance.

He's a contender for the Norris Trophy as well. "I think it's one of my best years," Letang said. "My confidence level, I feel like I'm under pressure to make plays and make it happen. The way they're using me, against top lines, it gives me the confidence I can play against the best players in the league." He was the Masterton Trophy nominee of the Penguins last year too after he returned from a stroke. Letang has 11 goals and 42 assists in 65 games this season.
Mar 21 - 9:19 AM

Kris Letang scored Pittsburgh's only goal on Thursday night as the Pens dropped their fourth straight with a 2-1 loss to Dallas.

Pittsburgh's struggles can't be pegged on Letang, who is enjoying a career season with 53 points in 65 games and a +12 rating. The team has a golden chance to reverse their fortunes on Saturday night in Arizona.
Mar 20 - 1:14 AM

Kris Letang recorded an assist in a 2-1 shootout loss Monday night.

Letang has recorded at least a point in five of his last eight games. With 10 goals and 51 points in 60 contests, Letang is leading the blueliner scoring race.
Mar 10 - 11:52 AM

Kris Letang had two assists in a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Letang has recorded at least a point in three of his last four games. He has 10 goals and 49 points in 56 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 2 - 10:47 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Brandon Sutter
4Maxim Lapierre
LW1Chris Kunitz
2David Perron
3Daniel Winnik
4Beau Bennett
5Nick Spaling
RW1Patric Hornqvist
2Blake Comeau
3Steve Downie
4Craig Adams
5Pascal Dupuis
D1Kris Letang
2Christian Ehrhoff
3Paul Martin
4Olli Maatta
5Rob Scuderi
6Ben Lovejoy
7Ian Cole
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Thomas Greiss