Mark Letestu
C FA
2 months ago

Letestu will head to AHL Cleveland having cleared waivers Friday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Letestu inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets three days after getting dropped from his professional tryout agreement with the Panthers. The 33-year-old has recorded 93 goals and 117 assists over 558 NHL contests. It will undoubtedly be strange for him to get bussed to the minor league, considering he hasn't played in the AHL since the 2009-10 campaign with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which is Pittsburgh's top affiliate.

Mark Letestu
C FA
2 months ago

Letestu agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Columbus on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

It was long believed that Letestu had a deal in hand from the Jackets when he joined the Panthers on a PTO -- with the hopes of avoiding a two-way contract. However, after being cut from Florida's camp, the veteran center will return to Columbus for the upcoming season. Letestu was immediately placed on waivers by the club for the purpose of reassignment to the minors, where he will start the 2018-19 campaign.

Mark Letestu
C FA
2 months ago

Letestu was cut by the Panthers on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Letestu apparently didn't show the organization enough during his PTO to warrant a permanent deal with the club. Considering the center was a somewhat coveted trade asset at last year's deadline -- it's surprising to see him struggling to find a club this season. What's next for the Alberta native remains to be seen, but he may need to head overseas if he wants to keep playing.

Mark Letestu
C FA
3 months ago

Letestu signed a deal for a professional tryout with the Panthers on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

This is a bit surprising, as Letestu is only 33, and he's been an NHL regular since the 2009-10 season. The veteran even played in the postseason with Columbus last year, although he was held without a point and saw his minutes plummet as the playoffs went on. Letestu is betting on himself by agreeing to a PTO, and he's hoping he can secure a role as a depth forward with the Panthers. If he can't, he could have to settle for a two-way contract or a sojourn in Europe.

Mark Letestu
C FA
7 months ago

Letestu failed to secure a point in the Blue Jackets' six-game series defeat to the Capitals.

EDGE Analysis

As a result of his lack of productivity, Letestu went from playing 14 minutes in Game 2 to logging a paltry 5:31 in Game 6. It seems the move to Columbus at the trade deadline didn't sit well with the center, as he managed a meager four points in 20 regular season contests. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, it's hard to imagine the club will want to bring the 33-year-old back for 2018-19 given his lack of offensive contributions.

Mark Letestu
C FA
9 months ago

Letestu scored a goal in the first period of Monday's 5-1 win over the Capitals.

EDGE Analysis

After a warm welcome back by the Columbus crowd -- he played for the Jackets for four years before leaving in free agency ahead of the 2015-16 campaign -- Letestu celebrated his return by lighting the lamp for just the ninth time this season. Perhaps more importantly he won 10 of his 15 faceoffs, and it's his prowess in the circle rather than his pure offensive skill that will keep him on the ice in key situations. Letestu played only 13:13 in Monday's win, but over two minutes of that came on the power play, with an additional three minutes coming while the Jackets were shorthanded.

Mark Letestu
C FA
9 months ago

Letestu (not injury related) will be in the lineup Monday against the Capitals, George Richards of the Columbus Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

After Letestu was traded from Edmonton to Columbus there were some issues with his work visa. However, those have clearly been addressed, and the veteran forward will be able to suit up with his new team.

Mark Letestu
C FA
9 months ago

Letestu is hoping to finalize his work visa ahead of Monday's matchup with Washington, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

At this point, fantasy owners should consider Letestu a game-time call, as it could be a last minute determination if he is eligible to play. Either way, it seems the center should be ready in time to face off against the Kings on Thursday. In the event the newly acquired Letestu is unable to participate Monday, Sonny Milano or Markus Hannikainen figures to slot into the lineup.

Mark Letestu
C FA
9 months ago

Letestu was traded Sunday from Edmonton to Nashville in exchange for Pontus Aberg, and then traded from Nashville to Columbus for a 2018 fourth-round draft pick.

EDGE Analysis

The pivot was rumored to be on the move at the deadline with Edmonton dropping in the playoff hunt, and it took a three team transaction to make the deal work. Although Letestu has only posted 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 60 games this season, he's been a steady presence on special teams, as he logs 2:17 of power-play time per game and often pitches in on the penalty kill. With Jussi Jokinen being placed on waivers, Letestu figures to become Columbus' new fourth line center.

Mark Letestu
C FA
9 months ago

Several teams have expressed interest in Letestu despite Edmonton's reluctance, the Edmonton Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets are all reportedly interested in acquiring the 33-year-old center. However, the Oilers do not appear willing to part with Letestu -- who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. The aging veteran amassed 11 goals in 13 playoff games in 2016-17 and could provide experienced depth to whomever he is traded. But with just 18 points in 58 games this season, Letestu is best left on the waiver wire for now.