Kris Letang D PIT 1 month ago

Letang (concussion) remains unconcerned about his long-term future, Wes Crosby of reports.

Letang suffered multiple head injuries in 2014-15, with the last one costing him the entirety of the Penguins' playoff run. While he has indicated that it shouldn't effect his future in the league, it's a situation worth noting, as concussions can become more common in players who have a history of them.

Kris Letang D PIT 2 months ago

GM Jim Rutherford announced Friday that if the Penguins earn a playoff spot, Letang is "not likely" to be available at any point, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Rutherford said he was basing his assessment on Letang's "present condition," which likely means the blueliner hasn't experienced much progress in his recovery from the concussion. Letang has a rather lengthy history of head injuries and missed significant time after suffering a stroke last season, so from a long-term perspective, it probably makes sense for the Penguins to keep him out for the rest of the season. While the 27-year-old turned in another outstanding season with 11 goals and 54 points, he was still limited to 69 games, the fourth straight season in which he's missed 10-plus games. Those health concerns will again be salient in his outlook heading into the 2015-16 campaign.

Kris Letang D PIT 2 months ago

"Letang (concussion) is riding a bike," coach Mike Johnston said. "There's indication he could be ready for the playoffs." The defender has been out since taking a questionable hit by the Coyotes' Shane Doan on March 29.

From the sounds of it, Letang won't be back before the end of the regular season. Johnston said the team "hasn't established a timetable for him yet" but he could be back in time for postseason pools. Pittsburgh's recent struggles may give fantasy owners pause in selecting the blueliner for the playoffs, regardless.

Kris Letang D PIT 2 months ago

Letang (concussion) may start riding an exercise bike this week, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Letang hasn't skated or exercised since suffering a concussion last Saturday, so he can probably be ruled out for the rest of the regular season. The Penguins hope to have their puck-moving blueliner back for the start of the playoffs, but given Letang's history of head injuries and the serious nature of this recent one, it's possible he won't be ready.

Kris Letang D PIT 2 months ago

Letang hasn't resumed skating or exercising since sustaining a concussion in last Saturday's win over the Coyotes, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Letang, who has a history of head injuries, remains under evaluation and should probably be considered out indefinitely until he's cleared to start skating again. The oft-injured blueliner has been relatively healthy this season, missing only seven games, but it looks like his availability could be in jeopardy with the playoffs rapidly approaching.

Kris Letang D PIT 2 months ago

Letang was diagnosed with a concussion stemming from a head injury in the second period of Saturday's game, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Letang is currently being listed as day-to-day, but a concussion serious enough to require a trip to the hospital could cost the blueliner more time than just a couple days. He'll need to go through the concussion protocol before returning to the ice, though he's currently dealing with an open-ended timetable. However, he can effectively be ruled out for Sunday's contest.

Kris Letang D PIT 2 months ago

Letang will remain in the hospital overnight after suffering a scary head injury during the second period of Saturday's game, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports.

Letang will remain in the hospital for the night, making him unlikely to take the ice Sunday against San Jose. If he misses that game, his next chance to return would be Wednesday against Philadelphia.

Kris Letang D PIT 2 months ago

Letang required transport to the hospital Saturday after a scary hit in the second period of Saturday's game against the Coyotes, reports the Associated Press. He was shoved backwards in the boards by Shane Doan after the defender had flipped the puck out of the zone. He hit the back of his head on the boards.

Letang remained on the ice for several minutes and was attended by the team trainer and physician before teammates helped him off. The hit wasn't dirty; Letang was off balance and in an odd position near the boards. Letang's medical history -- concussions and a stroke -- make this situation a significant concern. '"We'll get an evaluation as to where everybody thinks he's at in the morning," Pens' head coach Mike Johnston said after the game.

Kris Letang D PIT 2 months ago

Letang left Saturday's game in the second period after he was hit into the end boards by the Coyotes' Shane Doan, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Penguins haven't ruled Letang out of the game yet, but that seems like a safe conclusion after he was unable to skate off the ice on his own. It appeared that Letang's head backed into the boards on the hit, so the blueliner will undoubtedly be evaluated for a concussion, among other possible injuries. Penguins tough guy Steve Downie quickly got in a skirmish with Doan shortly after play resumed, but that won't make up for any potential absence for Letang, who entered Saturday ranked in a tie for second among all NHL blueliners with 54 points in 68 games.

Kris Letang D PIT 2 months ago

Letang picked up his 43rd assist and totaled 31:09 TOI against Arizona on Saturday.

With Christian Ehrhoff a late scratch due to an undisclosed injury, Letang stepped up and led Pittsburgh defensemen in playing time. He saw five minutes-plus more ice time than did the team's second-highest blueliner, Paul Martin (25:03 TOI). Letang has struggled to maintain his composure in recent games -- he's compiled 34 PIM in eight games, but is only four points behind Ottawa's Erik Karlsson (58 points) in the scoring race among all defensemen.