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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 says he owes a lot to current teammate Sergei Gonchar.
Gonchar is on a PTO but was Letang's teammate for his first four seasons in the NHL. "He's a big part of what I became," Letang said of Gonchar. "I had five years of watching him, playing with him. It was fun to be around a guy like him. I don't know if I'll ever be as good (of a leader) as Gonch, but I try to give the young guys tips, little tricks here and there. Our young defensemen have a ton of skill. They're going to be great. And at this stage, it's fun to help them improve." Letang should be in the top five among defensemen if he can stay healthy but that has been a big if in the last couple of seasons. Sep 26 - 8:51 AM

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Kris Letang is hoping to stay healthy this season.

"My only goal is to play 82 games, or close to 82," he said. "It would be great. That's my main goal. I just want to try to help the team all year long, not just part of it." Letang has played in all 82 games just once in his career and he has missed plenty of action the past two campaigns. He was having a great year in 2014-15 when he posted 11 goals, 54 points, 79 penalty minutes and 197 shots in 69 games before a concussion ended his season.
Sep 15 - 4:20 PM

Kris Letang is eager to join the Pittsburgh Penguins for training camp for the upcoming season.

Letang missed the final seven games of the regular season and the Penguins only five games of the postseason and is now 100% healthy for the start of the 2015-2016 season. "I'm in great shape," Letang said. "I got on the ice last week, so I'm following the same program I follow every summer. There was no delay in that sense. I'd say it's been one of my best summers in terms of training and how I feel." That should be a relief to Penguins management and fans as they need their star defensemen to be healthy for a full season in order to make a deep run in the playoffs. Letang recorded 11 goals and 54 points with 79 penalty minutes in only 69 games played last season
Aug 16 - 8:37 PM

Kris Letang expects to be ready for training camp.

He continues to work his way back from a concussion, but has no doubt that he'll be ready to go in the fall. The resilient defenseman suffered a stroke in late January 2014 and bounced back with an outstanding season. Letang had 11 goals and 54 points in 69 contests before a concussion prematurely ended his run.
Jun 24 - 1:39 PM

The Penguins made it official on Monday when they announced that Kris Letang (concussion) has been cleared to resume workouts.

The team will keep an eye on his progress over the summer. Letang suffered a concussion on Mar. 28 against Arizona, but before that he racked up 11 goals and 54 points in 69 games.
Jun 1 - 3:19 PM

Kris Letang (concussion) has resumed training.

Letang suffered a concussion in March after he was hit by Arizona forward Shane Doan and he was never able to fully recover. All things considered, the 28-year-old had a very strong season for the Penguins. Letang finished with 11 goals and 54 points in just 69 games.
May 31 - 10:08 PM

GM Jim Rutherford is hoping to hear in the next couple of weeks on the status of Kris Letang (concussion).

Letang suffered the injury on March 28 and is approaching the two month mark since the injury. Stay tuned.
May 24 - 8:02 AM

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

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

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C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Eric Fehr
5Matt Cullen
6Kevin Porter
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Sergei Plotnikov
3David Perron
4Beau Bennett
5Bobby Farnham
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Pascal Dupuis
4Daniel Sprong
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Ian Cole
4Ben Lovejoy
5Rob Scuderi
6Brian Dumoulin
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff