Mark Letestu C CLS 18 hours ago

Letestu signed a three-year contract with the Oilers on Wednesday, NHL.com reports.

Letestu, whose deal is worth an average of $1.8 million per season, is coming off a campaign in which he notched 13 points in 54 games for Columbus. With the Oilers, the 30-year pivot brings a veteran presence to the table in his role as a bottom-six forward.

Mark Letestu C CLS 3 months ago

Letestu, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, hopes to return to the Blue Jackets, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "I see myself as having a role here. I feel like I bring a lot to the table, and I still think I can do that for years to come. I'm still hopeful that we'll get something worked out."

He finished the season with just seven goals, 13 points and a minus-9 rating in 54 games, but Letestu won 52.9 percent of his faceoffs and he offers a great deal of versatility from the fourth line. The Jackets' youth movement started this season with Alex Wennberg and Marko Dano though, and if more prospects need NHL ice time next season, there may not be room in Columbus for Letestu.

Mark Letestu C CLS 3 months ago

Letestu collected his seventh goal of the season in Wednesday's shootout win over the Oilers.

Though he had his shot denied by goalie Ben Scrivens during the shootout, Letestu got the Blue Jackets into the extra period in the first place, finding the net with 10 minutes remaining in regulation to tie the score. As his meager goal total suggests, Letestu is rarely a source of offense for the Blue Jackets. The fourth-line forward is more valued for his skills on defense and in the faceoff circle.

Mark Letestu C CLS 5 months ago

Letestu put the finishing touches on Saturday's win over the Senators, potting a goal with 13 seconds remaining.

Letestu has only three points since the start of January, all of which have been goals. That level of production isn't significant enough to give him much value outside of deeper formats.

Mark Letestu C CLS 6 months ago

Letestu was activated off injured reserve Tuesday.

Letestu has been sidelined since Oct. 28 with a groin injury, and has missed 28 consecutive games over that span. He will likely return to his role centering the team's fourth line between Jared Boll and Jeremy Morin. Letestu has tallied five points through nine games with the Jackets this season.

Mark Letestu C CLS 6 months ago

Letestu (groin) has been upgraded to the point where he may be available for Tuesday's game against the Stars, Jeff Rimer of FOX Sports reports.

Letestu has been sidelined since Oct. 28 with a groin injury but began skating in December and has been practicing for almost a week. The 29-year-old hasn't received the official green light for Tuesday, although it seems clear that he'll be back on the ice in short order, if not Tuesday.

Mark Letestu C CLS 6 months ago

Letestu (groin) may be available for a Jan. 9 game in Toronto, NHL.com's Rob Mixer reports.

This seems like a fairly loose target date, so the more important point is that the Blue Jackets hope to have Letestu back in early-to-mid January. The veteran center participated in Monday's practice.

Mark Letestu C CLS 6 months ago

Letestu (groin) practiced with the team Monday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Letestu hasn't played since undergoing surgery at the end of October, but looks like he's getting close to returning. He collected three goals and two assists in nine games before getting hurt, and would jump right back into the lineup upon his return.

Mark Letestu C CLS 6 months ago

Letestu (groin) skated Wednesday for the second time since undergoing surgery just over two weeks ago, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Letestu showed some further signs of progress Wednesday and could soon be ready to rejoin the team for practices. He's still probably at least a week away from returning from injured reserve.

Mark Letestu C CLS 7 months ago

Letestu (groin) skated Monday for the first time since having surgery, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Letestu is still expected to be sidelined for the next four weeks, but it's a good sign that his rehab appears to be on track.