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Letang and Michalek sidelined with concussions

Dec 5, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

Matt Cooke;  Kris Letang; AP

The inevitable news facing Kris Letang was confirmed this morning by the Penguins. Letang is out with a concussion and was placed on injured reserve by the team. Joining him on the shelf with a concussion is Zbynek Michalek.

The bigger story here is with Letang as he was knocked to the ice with at least a broken nose by Montreal’s Max Pacioretty courtesy of a shoulder to the head. Pacioretty wound up receiving a three-game suspension because of the hit leading to outrage from Canadiens fans and Pacioretty himself. Now they might be thinking he got off easy.

Letang, of course, was allowed to return to the game after getting hit and wound up scoring the game-winning goal in overtime. Letang hasn’t played since that game and the concussion is the reason why.

We’re not about to go pointing fingers at the Penguins medical staff here, but perhaps putting the “quiet room” to better use might be considered next time a player has taken an obvious blow to the head. Now the Pens are without two of their top defensemen for an undetermined amount of time. The Pens are used to injury trouble by now but even this might be a bit much to handle.

  1. ballistictrajectory - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Still waiting for the Montreal police to open an investigation into the hit. Perhaps someone in Pittsburgh could zip up a video clip and forward it to the proper authorities. Oh wait, Pittsburgh fans have class. What was I thinking?!?!?!

  2. jpelle82 - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    i still think its funny he came back and scored the ot winner anyway. doubt it will be “too much to handle” though Joe.

  3. decdemic - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    I thought Letang did go to the “quiet room.” And since they played in Montreal, wouldn’t it have been the Hab doctors that cleared him to come back on the ice? Here’s what Bylsma said from the Pens game day report: “That’s completely by the doctors. It’s not anything to do with our training staff. We saw Dr. (David) Mulder in Montreal, I think he has the longest tenure in the league.” I’m guessing Dr. Mulder is the Habs doctor? I don’t think Pens doctors travel with the team?

  4. miketoasty - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    I am guessing this is the doc who let Letang play, http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2009/04/the-hockey-doctor-has-patched-up-the-best-of-them/, being a pens fan, I would trust the intelligence of a doctor with his experience, even if he was from Philadelphia.

  5. babykaby - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Maybe he’s the same doctor that let Crosby back into the game after the hit by Steckle………oh wait, that happened in Pittsburgh.

  6. decdemic - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    the quiet room policy wasn’t in effect when crosby hit happened.

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