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Kris Letang | Defenseman | #58

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 201
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 3 (62) / PIT
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Coach Mike Sullivan said that "there is zero chance" that Kris Letang comes back before the end of the Stanley Cup Final.
There were some murmurs that Letang may return if the series went six or seven games, but Sullivan has seemingly put an end to that. The Penguins defender hasn't play since Feb. 21 and had neck surgery for a herniated disc in early April. Jun 6 - 3:13 PM

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Kris Letang (neck) expects to get back on the ice soon.

"The recovery is going really well," said Letang, who had the surgery April 13 and was given a four-to-six month recovery. "I've been starting to work out, doing a lot of things off the ice, so everything is good. I wore my skates a couple of times. I have a couple more weeks before [my] next appointment. Then I'll be cleared for everything." He could be ready for training camp, but won't play in the Stanley Cup Final. Letang has been helping the team off the ice during the postseason.
May 31 - 8:55 AM

Injured Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been helping the team by making adjustments to the team's power play.

He has been watching Pittsburgh's defensemen and suggesting tweaks. Letang hasn't been on the ice during the postseason after he had neck surgery for a herniated disc, but he has been a positive influence.
May 29 - 4:13 PM

Kris Letang's neck surgery for a herniated disc was successful.

Letang had the surgery this week. As previously reported, Letang will need four-to-six months to recover so he won't be an option at any point during the 2017 playoffs.
Apr 13 - 12:44 PM

Though Kris Letang (neck) won't be available to play for the Penguins during the playoffs, coach Mike Sullivan still plans to have him help out in other ways.

"His first priority is his own recovery," Sullivan said. "But we'll have him around the team as much as we can. He's another set of eyes for our coaching staff. I think his teammates have so much respect for him, and I'm sure he can lend some insights into watching the game from the press box." Losing Letang for the playoffs is a huge blow to the Penguins, but at least in this way he can still provide some support for his teammates. Even with him sidelined the Penguins have a great team that might go far in the postseason.
Apr 6 - 10:57 AM

Kris Letang will undergo surgery for a herniated disc in his neck.

He won't be back for the Penguins in the playoffs, as he is expected to need four-to-six months of recovery time. "Kris underwent an MRI in February that revealed a herniated disc in his neck," GM Jim Rutherford said. "Our neurosurgeons examined him and recommended conservative treatment in an attempt to correct the condition without surgery. Kris had been making progress and was hopeful of returning for the playoffs until about a week ago, when the progress plateaued. He underwent another MRI, and, at that point it was determined that surgery was needed." Letang has missed the last 20 games due to the injury.
Apr 5 - 12:45 PM

Kris Letang has been skating and making some progress, according to coach Mike Sullivan.

"They're going through the process they've been going through to rehab," said Sullivan referring to injured defenders Letang and Olli Maatta. Letang hasn't played since Feb. 21 because of an upper-body injury.
Mar 20 - 1:35 PM

Kris Letang is still rehabbing from his upper-body injury.

Coach Mike Sullivan has confirmed that Letang isn't dealing with a concussion or an issue related to his previous stroke. He called it a hockey injury. Unfortunately, it remains unclear when Letang will be available to return, but at least now you can place him on injured reserve.
Mar 9 - 9:59 AM

Kris Letang (upper body) won't travel with the Penguins on the team's upcoming road trip.

That could keep him out of the lineup for the next four games through Western Canada. Letang hasn't played since Feb. 21 due to an upper-body injury.
Mar 7 - 12:36 PM

Kris Letang (upper body) is not considered to be day-to-day, according to coach Mike Sullivan.

He is expected to be sidelined longer than that, but Sullivan added that the Penguins hope Letang won't be out for an extended period. It remains unclear when he will be ready to return to the lineup, though. He hasn't played since Feb. 21 due to an upper-body injury.
Mar 4 - 3:42 PM

Kris Letang (upper body) isn't expected to play on Wednesday night.

It will be the third straight game he has missed due to an upper-body injury. The Penguins recalled defender Derrick Pouliot earlier in the day and he could be in the lineup against Chicago after Cameron Gaunce was sent to the minors.
Mar 1 - 6:26 PM

Kris Letang (upper body) participated in part of Monday's practice.

Letang took part in some passing drills, but didn't stay on for the full skate and he was wearing a non-contact jersey. Based on that he probably won't return on Tuesday.
Feb 28 - 6:55 AM

Unfortunately, Kris Letang (upper body) will not play in Saturday's Stadium Series against the Flyers.

The talented defender is still considered day-to-day, and his next chance to play will be Tuesday against Dallas.
Feb 25 - 12:33 PM

Kris Letang (upper body) is a game-time decision for Saturday's match against the Flyers.

Through 41 games this season Pittsburgh's top defender has posted five goals and 34 points with 70 blocks and hits.
Feb 24 - 6:14 PM

Kris Letang is dealing with an upper-body injury.

The Penguins didn't offer any further details other than to say that Letang is day-to-day. Unfortunately injury troubles are nothing new for Letang and this season has been no exception as he's been limited to 41 games so far. The Penguins are also missing blueliners Justin Schultz, Trevor Daley, and Olli Maatta though, so the timing of Letang's injury is particularly brutal. The silver lining is that the Penguins acquired Ron Hainsey, so at least they have a much needed reinforcement.
Feb 23 - 12:53 PM

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