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(Updated) Letang Skates Again Today. Here’s the Proof



Kris Letang skating week after stroke

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, whose season was interrupted by a stroke one week ago, was on the ice again today.

He worked out at PPG Paints Arena, where his teammates are scheduled to practice at 11 a.m., for about 45 minutes. Assistant coach Ty Hennes and forward Ryan Poehling worked out with Letang.

There is no reason to believe that Letang will take part in the regular practice, and the team has not announced a target date for him to return to the lineup.

Letang has been skating on a regular basis since a day or two after suffering that stroke, the second of his career. He also had one in 2014 that caused him to sit out more than two minutes, although Ron Hextall said last week that this stroke was not as severe as his first.

In the early stages of his on-ice session today, Letang did not do anything that seemed terribly rigorous, but he was doing drills that required skating from one end of the rink to the other, and completing them with no apparent difficulty.

That isn’t necessarily surprising, considering that Letang’s commitment to conditioning has been apparent since he broke into the NHL.

The drills got a bit more complex, and presumably taxing, as the session moved along.

Letang has one goal and 11 assists in 21 games this season. The Pittsburgh Penguins are 2-0-1 since he suffered his stroke.

Here is video of Letang’s on-ice work today: