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Why Was Letang Even Playing?

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

By allowing Letang to return for the overtime, what the Penguins were telling us was that the miniscule minutes an intermission lasts were enough to probe into a player’s brain and determine beyond question that no damage had been done.

Are you kidding me?

Why, after their experience with Crosby would they even think of allowing Letang to return to the ice? What was the upside to it? Did they feel they truly needed him on the ice in the overtime, or that without him they ran the risk of losing the game either in overtime or during The Gimmick?

Did they think the extra point was so important to a team which had been winning consistently without Crosby would be unable to do the same without Letang?

What I’m really saying is that the organization’s decision was even more reckless than the Pacioretty hit … that somebody up there has a thought process badly twisted out of shape.

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U mad

Posted by Chris on 11/29/11 at 12:06 PM ET

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Obviously he was checked out and cleared.  Not all hits to the head result in concussions…

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 11/29/11 at 12:10 PM ET

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Because Sid runs the team & tells them who he wants to play with on his line & where he wants to play on the PP & probably told them after the 1st concussion he was fine & they said OK Sid, & Letang was checked out

Posted by Evilpens on 11/29/11 at 12:34 PM ET

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Sour grapes much?

I’m sure Letang called Dr. Recchi and (after making plans to go to a movie later) he was cleared to play.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 11/29/11 at 12:54 PM ET

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Because Sid runs the team & tells them who he wants to play with on his line & where he wants to play on the PP & probably told them after the 1st concussion he was fine & they said OK Sid, & Letang was checked out

Posted by Evilpens on 11/29/11 at 09:34 AM ET

Really?

And I thought the article was dumb.  Way to go out-staging it, EP.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 11/29/11 at 01:40 PM ET

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Posted by Flashtastick56 from Milford, CT on 11/29/11 at 10:40 AM ET

+1

Posted by Garth on 11/29/11 at 02:02 PM ET

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You don’t think Sid tells them who he wants on his Line? hahaha Keep drinking the Kool-Aid Mario & Jagr got that too Remember Jagr & Kip Miller & Jan Hrdina ??

Jagr got traded to Caps & who did the Caps sign later in the off season? Kip Miller ! Amazing coincidence Huh? Mario ran Scotty Bowman off the ice & eventually out of town, Only the greatest coach in the history of hockey, Got Gene Ubriaco & GM Tony Esposito fired too

Posted by Evilpens on 11/29/11 at 02:23 PM ET

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EP you are an idiot.  I honestly think sometimes two people are posting under your EvilPens name.

As for the Letang article, i actually agree with him.  There really was no reason to send him back out to play.  Allowing him the next two or three days off to evaluate would have been fine with me.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 11/29/11 at 02:34 PM ET

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Posted by Evilpens on 11/29/11 at 11:23 AM ET

Isn’t it a little early to be hitting the sauce EP?

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My the Penguins have gotten awfully cavalier about head injuries since they got their captain back…  good thing they had so much good advice for everyone else over the offseason.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 11/29/11 at 03:10 PM ET

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Yep Both very Good Arguments against FACTS!, So sorry but here’s your lovely parting gift

Posted by Evilpens on 11/29/11 at 03:26 PM ET

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