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Pittsburgh’s Letang signs with KHL club

Jan 4, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

Kris Letang

With a number of his fellow locked-out NHLers booking flights home from Europe, Kris Letang has decided to go the other way.

The Penguins defenseman has agreed to join Russian team SKA Saint Petersburg for the remainder of the lockout, according to multiple sources.

Letang was already in Russia prior to news of his signing, as reported by Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “[Letang] is awaiting current NHL talks/fallout,” he tweeted. “Wants to pounce on KHL opportunity if it comes to that.”

The 25-year-old rearguard has emerged as one of the best offense defensemen in hockey over the last two seasons, racking up 92 points in 133 games while being named to consecutive All-Star teams.

That’ll play well on a SKA team featuring a number of equally gifted offensive players: Ilya Kovalchuk, Vladimir Tarasenko, Maxim Afinogenov and Petr Prucha, to name a few.

  1. northstars17 - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Because he probably got the same word as most of the players this week… no season boys. It pains me just as much as you guys, but ya got to call it like it is :'(

    • tk1966 - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      I was thinking just the opposite

      Why wait until now to sign to play overseas? If there is no season, or possibly no season, why not wait until the drop-dead date of Jan 11? Thats only a week away. If he really wanted to play anywhere, why not sign earlier?

      I think he decided to play now as a means of getting himself a few tune-up games under his belt before the season starts – his own pre-season.

      • danphipps01 - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        tk’s got a point. It certainly fits better with the small horde of players who just packed up in Europe and flew home in the last week and a half or so.

      • whatthepuck2012 - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Not being sarcastic here…this is why I like this forum. I wouldn’t have thought of that. Hope you’re right, tk. :)

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