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Kris Letang Out 4-6 Months, Will Have Surgery For Herniated Disc

press release from the Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will undergo surgery for a herniated disc in his neck, the team announced today.

The recovery period is expected to be 4-6 months.

“Kris underwent an MRI in February that revealed a herniated disc in his neck,” General Manager 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 not played since February 21, missing the Penguins’ last 20 games. The 29-year-old native of Montreal contributed five goals and 29 assists for 34 points in 41 games this season.

In 11 NHL seasons, all with the Penguins, Letang has registered 87 goals and 299 assists for 386 points in 603 games. Last season he set personal highs with 16 goals, 51 assists and 67 points while earning NHL Second-Team NHL All-Star honors as the Penguins won the Stanley Cup.

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Kris Letang Out “A Couple Of Weeks” With A Lower-Body Injury

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Both Carl Hagelin and Kris Letang were absent from team practice on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena. And while head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed it was a maintenance day for the winger, he said that the defenseman will be out a little longer.

"Kris Letang has a lower-body injury and will be out for a couple of weeks," Sullivan said.

Letang obviously isn't easy to replace. He skates in all situations, including on a power play that has seven goals in the last three games, and ranks seventh in the NHL in time on ice with an average of 26:04 minutes per game. As Sullivan said, it will have to be by committee.

"We think we have capable people," Sullivan said. "We'll sort it out. But certainly, he'll be a tough guy to replace."


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Penguins’ ‘no-name defense’ thriving

From ESPN's Scott Burnside:

The Pittsburgh Penguins' defense corps has been listening to two basic storylines for months.

It was either: The Penguins were doomed because their defense wasn't good enough.

Or, the Penguins might be OK in the playoffs in spite of their defense, which would otherwise doom any other team unlucky enough to have this group on its roster.

But the one storyline that has, until recently at least, rarely been given voice: Holy cow, this Penguins defense is good. And maybe not just good, but Stanley Cup good.

And say this about a blue-line corps that, outside of star Kris Letang, lacks the profile of pretty much any other playoff team this spring, these Penguins are extremely self-aware.

They know what people have been saying about them and they have excelled in spite of it. Or maybe because of it.

"I think that particular storyline is something that they've been saying from the start of the year," Penguins defenseman Ian Cole said in an interview. "We got [Phil] Kessel and they're like, 'Oh wow, they're all set but man, their D.' So I think everyone's aware of that."


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Breaking down the Sharks-Penguins series tactically

From the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle:

The explanation that’s been given on the broadcasts and in most of the coverage is that the Penguins are winning with speed, and that’s true to a point. They’re the smaller, quicker team, as is typically the case in the Eastern Conference. Increasingly, it seems to be what wins in the NHL.

But Pittsburgh skaters such as Ian Cole, Ben Lovejoy and Nick Bonino, among others, aren’t particularly fast players. Part of what’s winning this series for the Penguins is tactics. Coach Mike Sullivan deserves credit for being able to take advantage of his team’s strengths – offensive talent and ability with the puck throughout the lineup – and the Sharks weaknesses – some bigger, slower players down the lineup who mishandle the puck.

San Jose’s strength, meanwhile – dominating the cycle deep in the offensive zone – has been mitigated by the fact only Joe Thornton’s line is spending much time there.

Those tactics were talked about a little bit after Game 3. Instead of the traditional dump and chase, the Penguins are using more of a chip and chase – placing pucks in good spots in the neutral zone or the shallow portion of the offensive zone and skating into them. Their no-name D (aside from Kris Letang) has done a nice job of breaking the puck out assertively and finding the forwards with this simple approach in mind.

Continued with analysis from Ray Ferraro, Chris Johnston, Jamie Baker and coach Pete DeBoer

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Video- Tony Kornheiser And Michael Wilbon Talk Ryan Callahan Hit On Kris Letang

Let's see, Tony Kornheiser wanted Ryan Callahan suspended for at least a game, then Michael Wilbon compares Kris Letang to Bill Laimbeer, saying Letang has "history".

I think ESPN has an hourly quota on NBA mentions.

Watch below...

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Video- Kris Letang Suspended For One Game

Here is your explanation...


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Kris Letang Will Have A Hearing Today

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Video- Mike Sullivan On The Kris Letang Hit

via Sportsnet,

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan comments on the Kris Letang hit on Marcus Johansson in Game 3.

FYI- Barry Trotz basically said let the league handle it.



If you missed the Letang hit, watch it here.

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Video- Kris Letang Hit On Marcus Johansson

Two minutes for interference.


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Morning Line- Larry Brooks

Throat-slash gestures are taken very seriously by the NHL, which last month levied maximum fines against Toronto’s Nazem Kadri and Anaheim’s Josh Manson for their unsavory pantomimes that inflicted no damage on anyone.

But actual throat slashes with a hockey stick that injure an opponent? Well, that’s a horse of a different color?

Or should we say, Penguin?

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on this topic.

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Report- Why No Suspension For Kris Letang’s Stick Incident

via Matt Larkin tweets,

Per a source close to the DOPS, perception was Kris Letang slash was more accidental, that stanchion made stick twist.

Right hand did not aim, and stick caught Stalberg with shaft, not blade, which suggests not aimed/intentional. Hence no suspension.

You can watch the swing below if you wish.

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Video- Your Call On The Kris Letang Stick Incident

via Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

As the Blueshirts went down 2-1 in the best-of-seven contest, they watched as forward Viktor Stalberg was nailed with a stick to his face from Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang with 12:45 remaining in the third period. Letang was circling around his own net, battling against the forechecking Dominic Moore, when he saw Stalberg in front of him and swung his stick right into Stalberg’s face.

Stalberg went to the bench and had the trainer look for missing teeth, but no penalty was called and Stalberg didn’t miss a shift.


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Video- Reviewing Kris Letang’s Empty Net Goal

Kris Letang empty net goal.  Ruled no goal on the ice after officials huddle then to Toronto we go...

Make the wrong announcement, no goal then reverse the announcement and it is a goal.


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Morning Line- Kris Letang


In six seasons with the Leafs, Kessel had 181 goals, 394 points and played in 446 games.

In 7 playoff games, he had 4 goals and 2 assists.

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Kris Letang Know What His Job Is

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

He has worked hard at his conditioning and he has challenged himself to become a go-to guy on the ice and in the dressing room.

"I think it's not only putting up points and being an offensive guy," explained Letang, who suffered a stroke during the 2013-14 season and missed 10 weeks before returning to action.

"I think what I want is to make sure the coach behind me is never going to have a question mark in his head [about playing me in any situation]. ... I want to be the guy that he knows that I'm going to do the job and I'm going to do it right."

With Martin signing as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks and Ehrhoff now in Los Angeles, the Pens' blue line is in a state of flux. Youngsters Brian Dumoulin and Derrick Pouliot look to be slotting in somewhere in the top six. There's veteran Rob Scuderi, Adam Clendening and 41-year-old Sergei Gonchar, who's on a tryout.

General manager Jim Rutherford acknowledged they will have to keep an eye on the blue line and the implication is that he might look to add depth via the trade market. But it's better, obviously, if he doesn't have to. And how this plays out will be determined in large part by how Letang and Maatta shoulder the burden of leadership.

As for Letang, Rutherford shook his head when asked if anyone outside of the Pens' room knows how good Letang was for the Pens last season.

"Nobody knows," Rutherford said.


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The Most Important Player For The Pittsburgh Penguins Is Kris Letang

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Let’s start with this: For our money, Sidney Crosby is still one of the top two or three best hockey players, if not the best player on the planet. That is a given. And it will not shock us at all that if Crosby wins another scoring title playing with Phil Kessel.

But if the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team strangely adrift since back-to-back trips to the Stanley Cup finals in 2008 and 2009, are going to get back to relevance -- never mind seriously contending for a championship -- then the key is the blue line. And the blue line begins and ends right now with Kris Letang.

For most of last season, Letang and the now departed Paul Martin were the top pairing on a defense that for most of the season was a top six or seven team in goals allowed per game. A late-season swoon that coincided with injuries to their top defensemen saw the Pens finish 10th in goals allowed per game. All in all, not too shabby. Still, the Penguins were ousted in five games in the first round by the New York Rangers, losing all four games by a 2-1 count.


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TSN’s Yost looks at the positive or negative impacts of the ‘$6 million AAV club’

TSN's Travis Yost examines the "$6 million AAV club" of defensemen's respective impacts upon their employers, and he comes to the following conclusion(s):

1. It’s difficult to really find a beef with Erik Karlsson winning last season’s Norris Trophy. His team was significantly better by all three metrics with him on the ice (each comfortably clearing our above-referenced averages for the $6-million AAV Club). What’s interesting, though, is just how similar two defencemen – Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang, and Florida’s Brian Campbell – look here. Letang was having an absolutely monstrous season for the Penguins and had the raw point totals that voters love before his season was cut short due to injury. Say what you will about his sometimes-wild, sometimes over-tempo style of play – it clearly has a beneficial impact on Pittsburgh, much like Karlsson has for Ottawa. As for Brian Campbell, I recall a time when the general consensus about his contract was “it’s a disaster, and he’s borderline untradeable”. He’s been a machine for a few years now, though it's fair to wonder if his age – he turned 36 last May – is going to start having a depreciable impact.

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Kris Letang Has A Concussion

via Sam Kasan of the Penguins' website,

Head coach Mike Johnston had a few updates on the game...

  • Johnston confirmed that defenseman Kris Letang has a concussion. He's been released from the hospital, but will not be in the lineup tonight.
  • Johnston said the team will go with five defensemen for the game and, if need be, Winnik could drop back to defense if needed.
  • Perron is doubtful for the game and "probably out" per Johnston. He missed Saturday's 3-2 win against Arizona with an illness.




Below, watch the hit on Letang who tumbled into the end boards...

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Video- Shane Doan Hit On Kris Letang

No penalty on the play...

via Sportsnet,

Kris Letang just can’t catch a break this season after a big check from Shane Doan caused the Penguins defender to fall awkwardly tail-bone first into the boards.


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Video- The Slash From Alex Ovechkin

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

... early in the third period, he found another way to add to the rivalry between the two Metropolitan Division teams: by taking a two-handed swing – either at Pens star defenseman Kris Letang’s ankle, or at the puck, depending on your perspective – that has led to strong feelings among both fan bases.

Letang had to leave the game for a brief stretch, when, during a chase for a loose puck, Ovechkin’s slash crumpled him and sent him smashing into the end boards.

From the perspective of many Capitals fans, Ovechkin was merely swinging his stick in desperation at the puck, and there was no penalty called on the play. From the point of view of irate Pens fans, the slash made direct contact with Letang’s ankle, and that’s all that counts.


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Letang injury Tweet much ado about little?

As Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien notes, this Tweet yielded more than its share of concern and panic for Penguins fans...

But the Penguins clarified the situation:

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Video- Kris Letang Injury


Letang has not returned for the 2nd period.

added 8:08pm, Letang is back on the bench.


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Afternoon Line

"It makes me really happy to have a coach who focuses on the time of possession of the puck."

-Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  More from Letang in a translated TVA Sports story...

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Matheson weighs in on Babcock, Ovechkin, PK’s payday, Caps GM talk and top prospects

I kind of "stole" the prime quotes from the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column for my Malik Report overnight entry, but I smiled broadly and nearly laughed out loud form the Blog Cave while reading Holland tell Matheson the same dang thing--almost word for word--that Babcock's been repeating to journalists and radio talk show hosts who can't or won't believe that Babcock will remain with Detroit when he can coach anywhere he wants after his contract's up a summer from now:

“I don’t believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence … I believe he’s happy in Detroit, but there are options,” said Holland, whose contract is also up next July, but will certainly get a new one from owner Mike Ilitch.

Holland has got the Red Wings into the playoffs in each of his 17 seasons. There were three Stanley Cup championships in 1998, 2002 and 2008, plus a Game 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.

Late-season rallies were required to keep a 23-year playoff streak alive while the Red Wings integrated lots of young players — Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurko, Danny DeKeyser — into the lineup each of the last two years.

“Two years ago, we won our last four games to get into the playoffs. This year, we got in again (despite a terrible run of injuries),” said Holland. “Mike’s a tremendous coach, if not the best coach in the league, then one of the best.”

Matheson's main column focuses on Babcock and Holland, but he also included this nugget of wisdom from Ottawa Senators assistant coach Perry Pern (regarding Barry Trotz's attempts to get Alex Ovechkin to "buy in" to playing defense, as Matheson addressed in a Sunday afternoon column):

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Rossi: Penguins may clear the coaching and managerial decks

Well this took five minutes...Per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi, the Penguins may or may not clear the coaching and managerial decks after yet another playoff failure:

Penguins ownership will consider a sweeping overhaul that could include terminating general manager Ray Shero in addition to Dan Bylsma and the members of the coaching staff, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review. Ownership specifically is concerned about a perceived lack of accountability for players, overall team toughness and unproductive drafts, the sources said.

The sources also said Penguins ownership might not want to undergo a complete front-office shakeup with only about a month before the NHL Entry Draft.

No decisions have been made, and they will not be rushed, the sources said.

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Kris Letang In The Penguins Lineup Tonight

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Video- Kris Letang After Practice Today

from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,

“I was on the ice today because I want to return,” Letang said. “I’ll be able to play again. I don’t know when.”

Head coach Dan Bylsma reiterated Letang’s status as being undetermined.

“It’s not like Paul Martin, who has an injury, a surgery and a date where he’s working back to get in the game. There’s no date to be determined for Kris,” Bylsma said. “Right now he’s back in a full practice. That’s a good thing.”

Despite the severity of his situation, Letang has no apprehension about returning to the ice.

“Even the day I had the stroke I asked the doctor when I would be able to play again,” Letang said. “It never crossed my mind that I could have a stroke at 26. It could (happen again) because it happened once. Who knows? I’m not going to worry about that.”

more and watch below, Letang talks with the media after practice....

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Kris Letang Will Start Practicing With The Penguins Tomorrow

via Dave Molinari tweets,

Bylsma says Letang "still has some other things to go through," but doesn't elaborate.

Bylsma says there is no target date for Letang to resume playing.

added 3:55pm, from Sam Kasan of the Penguins' website.

Letang, 26, suffered a stroke on Jan. 29 and has been out of the lineup since. He was on blood thinners for six weeks as part of his recovery period. Sunday marked the final day of that six-week period.

“We had an idea that at this point in time he could possibly be cleared to practice,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “He still has some other things to go through. He’s been working out, skating on his own and doing quite a bit on his own.

“To see Kris return to practice tomorrow will be a good thing for Kris, good thing for us.”


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Kris Letang With A Health Update

from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, still unsure if he will play hockey again this season, shed light on the details of his stroke.

It was a scary time.

On the morning of Jan. 29, Letang's wife woke up to find him laying on the floor of the couple's bedroom. He was alert but knew something was wrong.

“I was not able to function,” he said.

Letang's mother-in-law is a nurse and was at their home at the time of his stroke, which stopped him from calling 911. He felt better enough later in the day to fly with the Penguins to Los Angeles.

But after a series of tests, it was determined that Letang had a stroke. He said he is still having “good days and bad days” and is still dealing with fatigue.


added 1:24pm, Watch below as Letand discusses his health and playing hockey again.

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Kris Letang Suffered A Stroke Last Week

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss at least six weeks after having a stroke last week, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manger Ray Shero.

The condition is treatable with blood thinners and at this point is not believed to be career threatening.

Further testing also revealed that Letang, 26, has had a very small hole in the wall of his heart since birth. This small defect in the wall is present in all individuals before birth but seals shut in most people. It is possible that the hole in the heart led to the stroke.

“Kris had one brief episode of dizziness and nausea last week,” Shero said. “We held him out of the Los Angeles game Thursday night, and when he continued to feel ill, tests conducted in Phoenix on Saturday gave us the first indication of his condition. Further testing then was conducted when he returned to Pittsburgh, and he continued to undergo a battery of tests here this week.”


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Rossi: Penguins won’t trade Letang, will update his health today

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi, the Penguins do not plan on trading defenseman Kris Letang prior the trade deadline, though he has an  8-year contract exension kicking in this summer (with his cap hit doubling from $3.5 million to $7.25 million, per Capgeek), because, well...Letang is ill:

Kris Letang's mystery illness is not believed life threatening, but the Penguins are not sure when he will play again this season, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review.

The team planned to update Letang's condition Friday.

There were concerns last week that Letang's season — if not his career — could be in jeopardy because of the illness, the sources said.

Letang, a defenseman, has not taken the ice since Jan. 30, when he practiced but did not play at Los Angeles. He will not play against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on Friday — the Penguins' final game before the NHL's Olympic break.

“There will be no update on Kris Letang until we have further update on his condition,” coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday.

Rossi continues at length, and this quip is important to fans of all 30 teams:

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Trade Letang

from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

He's a great kid. Occasionally a great defenseman, too.

And that's precisely why it's time to trade him.

Or at least think a whole heck of a lot about it.

To repeat, this isn't negative. It's not about Letang's maddening tendencies, his misfires or giveaways. It's certainly not about any one game — and Letang was quite good, for the record, in the 5-1 flogging of the Canadiens, including a sweet assist on a Sidney Crosby goal — nor is it about his injury-plagued season, nor even his star-crossed career.

Rather, it's quite the opposite. It's that Letang remains so valuable that he can get you a mint. And if that mint happens to involve pieces that work better with the Penguins' broader puzzle, all the more reason a trade merits robust consideration.


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Letang Agrees To Terms With The Penguins

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with defenseman Kris Letang on an eight-year, $58 million contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The deal begins with the 2014-15 season and runs through the 2021-22 campaign, and has an average annual value of $7.25 million.


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What Would It Take To Keep Letang In Pittsburgh?

Kris Letang will have UFA status July 2014.

from Craig Custance of ESPN (paid subscription),

As of Thursday afternoon, Letang's camp hadn't heard from Shero but anticipated that negotiations would get serious within the next week.

In his comments to the media on Thursday, Shero made it clear that his priority is to sign Letang, but he didn't completely rule out a trade. It's going to come down to negotiations and how much of a discount Letang is willing to provide Pittsburgh to stay with that group. If he hits the market, his ticket would be huge.

As a free agent, the starting point would be $7-8 million per season at max length. To stay in Pittsburgh, it may have to be an eight-year deal closer to $6.5 million. Letang understands that the best deal will come on the open market; it's just finding out how big the difference is going to be. Those are conversations the two sides still need to have. And executives around the league will be watching closely.

The feeling from those I spoke with on Thursday is that Letang will sign an extension with Pittsburgh. It's a similar situation to Staal in that the best move would be to trade him if there's not a deal to be struck, but it's different in that the Penguins don't have two other world-class defensemen already on the roster the way they did at center last year.

"He's just entering the prime of his career," one Western Conference executive said of Letang. "He's an impact defenseman who generates offense, plays on your power play and is a competitive guy. They're going to try to get something done. These are hard players to find."


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Why Nystrom Was Not Suspended For His Hit On Letang

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,

Hockey players have been taught for decades upon decades that in defensive situations, it’s more effective to play the man and not the puck, and the rules are written to reflect that, including ones that permit players to be bodychecked even after they have gotten rid of the puck. The whole notion of finishing a check is predicated on that being allowable under the rules.

And because the NHL believes body contact is one of the most highly appealing aspects of the game for its fans, it is loath to curtail it. Every step of the campaign against hits that cause concussions has been met with resistance from those who claim that prohibiting certain sorts of hits will take all of them out of the game, turning it into less appealing non-contact sport. They have been proven wrong, of course, as the game has certainly survived Rule 48, both in its first very limited incarnation of banning blindside and lateral hits to the head and with this year’s more restrictive “targeting” standard.

The Nystrom hit on Letang is perhaps the next frontier of where Rule 48 might go. It’s not going to be as easy to figure this one out, and proponents of the zero-tolerance standard are likely to claim that the rules in use in some junior leagues (both in Canada and the US), the IIHF, and the NCAA are the logical next step. Perhaps they are right.


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Video- You Make The Call On This Hit

Ref called two minutes for roughing on Eric Nystrom of the Dallas Stars.

Penguins announced Letang is out with an upper-body injury.

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Letang Cleared For Full Participation

via Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Penguins general manager Ray Shero said today that defenseman Kris Letang not only will join the team Tuesday for a game-day skate but also is medically cleared for contact and games after recovering from a concussion.

Letang will not play Tuesday night when the Penguins face Carolina at Consol Energy Center, but it could be soon.

Letang has been out since he got leveled by Montreal’s Max Pacioretty in a Nov. 26 game. Letang, who also got a broken nose, returned to score the winning goal in overtime that night before his concussion was diagnosed.


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Dan Bylsma Updates Letang’s Health Status

via Sam Kasan of Penguins Report at the Penguins website,

Kris Letang suffered the hit to the head (in Montreal), a facial injury. He has felt fine for a couple days and skated with us after being evaluated a couple different ways on Monday. He skated with us, felt fine. Started to get some symptoms in New York. He also has a virus and some sickness. So there’s some other things going on there with Kris that he’s not even to the point where he can take a baseline test right now because he’s ill. He is suffering from a virus as well.

On Letang’s illness presenting symptoms that could be comparable to a concussion:

Yes. In addition to the injury to the head, the shot to the head that produced a broken nose, flying (on the plane to New York produced) some of that swelling.

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To Hit Or Not

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

...Pacioretty says he’s been left confused by several assertions made by Shanahan, who he said compared the incident to the Pens’ Matt Cooke’s infamous blindside hit on Boston centre Marc Savard.

“I think that couldn’t be any further from the truth. If you looked at the situation, me and Letang made eye contact, and I think that’s what gave me the green light to try and hit him. I felt he put himself in a vulnerable position, maybe I shouldn’t have even thought about hitting him because of the way the wind is blowing right with head shots, but I’d like to see a little bit of consistency,” he said Tuesday. “If the onus is on the hitter every single time I’d be fine with a suspension, but you ‘ve seen instances where they’ve placed the onus on the person receiving the hit as well so I’m confused and a lot of other players are confused right now.”

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Letang, Michalek Sent Back To Pittsburgh For Evaluation

via Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Penguins defensemen Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek will be returning to Pittsburgh for further evaluation of medical issues.

That means defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Alexandre Picard, both of whom were recalled from Wilkes-Barre this afternoon, figure to be in the Penguins’ lineup against the New York Rangers tonight.

Letang has a broken nose and might be suffering other problems after taking a blindside hit in the face from Montreal’s Max Pacioretty Saturday.

There is no word on the nature of Michalek’s problem, although he recently missed 10 games because of a broken finger and did leave the Montreal game early.

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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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Video- Shanahan Explains Letang’s 2 Game Suspension

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Letang Will Meet With Shanahan

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

NHL announces PIT’s Kris Letang will have disciplinary hearing today for boarding WPG’s Alex Burmistrov last night.

added 11:54am, video added below…

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The Bolts Beat, 10/19/10: Lightning on the Road and a Look Ahead, Plus NHL Officiating Issues & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys discuss the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first road swing of the season and preview the week ahead for the Bolts, Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” segment brings up an interesting debate on replay, major penalties and the like, Mike defends referees (a sure sign of the apocalypse) and much more.


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Letang Hit On Comeau Tonight

Kris Letang received a five minutes for an illegal check to the head, a ten and game misconduct.

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The End Of The Penguins/Flyers Game Tonight

Then in the post-game, Kris Letang asked what happened and he states “go ask Hartnell”.

Watch that video below…

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The Russian Cooking Show

Alyonka Larionov and Mr. Malkin try their hands at some Russian cuisine and Kris Letang does the food testing.

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Friday with Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang

Q. There’s been a lot of attention in terms of the Red Wings, maybe their top 5-man unit, particularly with the defense, people focus on Lidstrom. But can you talk about what Brian Rafalski means. He played with a tremendous Hall-of-Famer in New Jersey, and just kind of gets the short shift of attention in Detroit.

SIDNEY CROSBY: He’s a good puck moving defenseman. He skates well. He’s not the biggest guy, but I think he’s smart and plays his position well. So I think he probably makes up with his size with how well he plays his position, and probably helps anybody he plays with to be that much more solid.

Q. This is a time to kind of celebrate the game, but there’s some sad news yesterday with Luc Bourdon. I know you new him a little from Atlantic Canada Midget Hockey, can you talk about how you’re getting set to play the biggest game of your career and there’s some sad news like that?

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