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WATCH: Kris Letang Injured vs. Rangers, Being Evaluated for LBI

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Another Penguins defenseman is injured. This time it’s their best blueliner, Kris Letang.

Kris Letang suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of Saturday night’s game against the New York Rangers and didn’t return. Sidney Crosby scored the game-winner in OT for the Penguins, which won 5-4.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said Letang was being evaluated and didn’t have a status update after the game.

The injury occurred with less than 11 minutes remaining in the first period when Letang was in a puck battle with Adam Fox. He appeared to be in pain following the play and went off the ice with head athletic trainer Chris Stewart:

If Letang is out for any meaningful time outside this game, it would be another blow to a thin defensive corps. Pittsburgh is already without Brian Dumoulin (their No. 2 defenseman) as he’s week-to-week. They’re also without Mike Matheson who’s out for a few more weeks, as well as Marcus Pettersson, and Juuso Riikola. Riikola is considered longer-term while Pettersson is considered week-to-week.

Overall, that’s four of Pittsburgh’s projected top six on defensemen who are injured. On Wednesday, the Penguins signed Yannick Weber off the street as they were in desperate need of another defenseman. They may need to sign someone else or make a trade for a defender if this one is serious. One option includes Blues defenseman Vince Dunn, who the Penguins were close on before Jim Rutherford resigned. Dunn has been struggling this year for St. Louis.

The other is potentially Travis Dermott, who was expected to take the next step for Toronto this season but hasn’t yet. Head coach Mike Sullivan will likely have an update on Letang’s status shortly and he’ll likely say, “He’s being evaluated.” If he’s out for Monday’s game, look for John Marino to play on the top pairing with P-O Joseph.

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Chase Ranson
Chase Ranson
7 months ago

Or a big loss

Nick Tye
Nick Tye
7 months ago

Great to see POJ playing solid! Nice to see some youth in the lineup. I hate to say this but it might be better for the Pens not to have 58 in the lineup. As a group they play better defensively when he is out. When 58 plays big minutes he makes way too many mistakes.

RealTalk
RealTalk
7 months ago

Blessing in disguise. Letang is a liability and has been for years. For some reason though he’s coddled by the management, coaches, fans, and media. One of the most overrated players in the entire league, he is a turnover machine that is the most situationally unaware players I’ve ever seen.

Bill V
Bill V
7 months ago
Reply to  RealTalk

If you want a turnover machine, look to 71. For every great play he makes, he has 5 irresponsible ones. Mr. Blind Backhand Pass.

Cal
Cal
7 months ago

Letang should have been moved after the last cup, he wasn’t in the line up and never played a single playoff game. Contributing nothing to the cup win.. Should have moved him and kept Trevor Daily… He like Fluery, is holding the team hostage with a no trade clause… They got burnt on Fluery receiving nothing for him, if they were smart they’d take what they can get for Letang to anyone willing to offer something and she’d the salary as well… Not going to get a big return if he picks his place so take whatever comes, but he… Read more »

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