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Mark Letestu | Center

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 199
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Mark Letestu wants to return to the Columbus Blue Jackets next season.
The versatile center is not interested in getting to free agency and although there have been no contract negotiations of late, Letestu hopes he can re-sign. "The culture here has changed; the bar has been raised," Letestu said. "We’re not here to be lovable losers. It’s nice to be the guys who won’t quit, I supposed, but we want to be winners. Hopefully what happened this season pushes and motivates guys all summer. The standard has gone up. We want to get back to the playoffs, get back to the dance." Letestu finished the season with only seven goals and 13 points in 54 games, far off his career high 34 points last season. Apr 12 - 7:03 AM

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It wouldn't be shocking to see Mark Letestu traded before the deadline.

Although the Blue Jackets have expressed an interest in re-signing Letestu before he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, there hasn't been much progress made towards that goal. "We've had talks that, basically, we should have talks," agent Allain Roy said. "That's pretty much all we've had -- just an agreement that we should talk. There's pretty much been nothing there. I'm trying to figure out what the team is going to do. I don't suspect they're going to make the playoffs at this point. So are they going to start moving guys? I'm kind of waiting to see, to be honest with you." Letestu has five goals and seven points in 21 games this season. He missed a good chunk of the campaign due to an abdominal injury, but he returned on Jan. 6.
Feb 5 - 9:18 AM

Mark Letestu (groin/abdominal surgery) has been taken off of the injured reserve list.

Letestu will play on Tuesday for the first time since Oct. 28. He's projected to center the third line, which will also include Jeremy Morin and Jack Skille. Michael Chaput and Adam Cracknell have been sent to the minors to make room for Letestu and the return of Cam Atkinson.
Jan 6 - 3:04 PM

Mark Letestu (groin/abdominal surgery) might be available on Tuesday.

Letestu was previously targeting Friday as his return date, so this is marginally ahead of schedule. He got off to a solid start this season with three goals and five points in nine contests, but hasn't been able to play since Oct. 28. The Blue Jackets placed Adam Cracknell on waivers in anticipation of Mark Letestu and/or Cam Atkinson's return. If both are ready to play then Alexander Wennberg or Sean Collins might join Cracknell in heading to the minors.
Jan 6 - 7:38 AM

Mark Letestu (groin/abdominal surgery) practiced on Friday but will not play on Saturday.

Letestu is targeting January 9 against the Maple Leafs in Toronto as his return date as he has been out of the Columbus lineup since October 28. It was originally thought he would miss two-four weeks but when abdominal surgery was required, his status changed. He has played only nine times this season with three goals and five points.
Jan 3 - 7:34 AM

Mark Letestu (groin/abdominal surgery) might be back on Jan. 9, per Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards.

That meshes with a report on Monday that Letestu might return next week. Richards cautioned that Letestu's projected return date is still subject to change. Letestu has three goals and five points in nine contests in 2014-15.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 12:49:00 PM

Mark Letestu (groin/abdominal surgery) is expected to travel with the Blue Jackets when they start their four-game road trip on Saturday.

Letestu probably won't be ready to rejoin the Blue Jackets in their first game of the trip, but he might be back on January 6th or 9th. He has three goals and five points in nine games this season.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 03:28:00 PM

Mark Letestu has undergone groin/abdominal surgery on Tuesday.

Letestu will miss another six weeks as a result. He has been limited to just nine games this season. If they haven't already, the Blue Jackets might want to hire an exorcist to save the remaining members of this team before they too succumb to injury.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 01:15:00 PM

Mark Letestu (groin) suffered "a little setback," according to Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards.

Letestu hasn't skated much since being hurt on Oct. 28. He has three goals and five points in nine games in 2014-15.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Mark Letestu has been put on injured reserve with a groin injury.

He is slated to miss two to four weeks due to the ailment. Letestu, who has five points in nine matches, was hurt in Tuesday's game versus the Ottawa Senators.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 05:10:00 PM

Mark Letestu will miss two to four weeks with a groin injury.

He suffered the ailment on the last shift of Tuesday night's game versus Ottawa. Letestu has three goals and five points in nine contests this season.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Mark Letestu scored two goals, including the game-winner, as Columbus defeated San Jose 5-4 on Thursday night.

Letestu scored the winning goal with just 21 seconds remaining in the contest to give the Jackets the win. This was a crazy game that saw four lead-changes. Ryan Johansen also scored two goals in the contest, while winger Scott Hartnell registered four assists. The goals were Letestu’s first two of the season.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 01:46:00 AM

Mark Letestu had two assists and was an amazing 15-of-19 at the faceoff dot on Friday.

It was Letestu's first two points of the season and he is now 43-of-68 on the draw. Letestu is a bottom-six center who is obviously good at faceoffs and he will see some power play time but we cannot recommend him in standard pools at this time.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 06:05:00 AM

Look for Mark Letestu to crack the Columbus lineup this season as their fourth line center.

This will be Letestu's fourth season in Columbus as he is entering the final season of a two-year deal. He is slated for the fourth spot on the depth charts assuming that Ryan Johansen eventually ends his holdout and settles into the number one slot at center. "He really frees up his wings, and they can kind of just go," coach Todd Richards said of Letestu. "Jared Boll is a smart player, but he's at his best when he's hunting the puck. Mark does a good job of recognizing that. What has made (the fourth line) a success is Mark being able to control and contribute to that." Letestu is not worth selecting in most drafts but he is good at the faceoff dot and could see some power play time this season.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 06:47:00 AM

Mark Letestu had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 preseason victory over St. Louis.

Letestu had 19:02 minutes of ice time, including 5:00 with the man advantage. That isn't likely to happen during the regular season, although the Blue Jackets are looking for forwards to step up with Nathan Horton sidelined and Ryan Johansen unsigned.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 10:19:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Artem Anisimov
4Mark Letestu
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Nick Foligno
3Brandon Saad
4Matt Calvert
5Jack Skille
6Corey Tropp
7Boone Jenner
8Jeremy Morin
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Alexander Wennberg
3Jared Boll
4David Clarkson
5Rene Bourque
6Marko Dano
D1Jack Johnson
2Fedor Tyutin
3Ryan Murray
4David Savard
5Kevin Connauton
6Justin Falk
7Cody Goloubef
8Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney