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Letang on his brief KHL jaunt: “It was a good experience”

Jan 12, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang sure seemed to have funny timing. When he signed his deal to play in the KHL it turned out to be just two days before the NHL and the players reached an agreement to end the lockout.

As he tells Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, getting to go to Russia to just see how they did things was fun enough for him.

“The (KHL) deal was done a long time ago. It was just a question of timing,” Letang said. “Even if the lockout was closer to an end, they asked me to come anyways and to check out the facility and the way they were managing the team. It was a good experience.”

That question of timing turned out to be rather poorly answered when it was all said and done as Letang didn’t play a game for SKA St. Petersburg. The Penguins will need to have a fully healthy and focused Letang along the blue line for the shortened season. Hopefully his Russian “experience” didn’t hinder his training during the lockout.

  1. whatthepuck2012 - Jan 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    A few days in Russia, and we’re talking about “hindering his training”? Overreact much?

  2. bmscalise - Jan 12, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    As weird as the timing seemed, I think people are forgetting that his son was born around Thanksgiving. He said the deal was done a long time ago: he probably just told them that he couldn’t come over until the baby was born and he had a chance to spend some time with him. Just so happened that it all coincided with the lockout’s end.

  3. tak2208 - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Obviously written by someone who doesn’t know that Kris Letang is known for his commitment, intense workouts and training in the offseason. Here’s an example:
    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/interactive/hockey/hardcore-hockey-workout/

    According to an article on the Pens website, he arrived in Pittsburgh at 4:00 am (he had been in Montreal for 2 days since arriving back from Russia and worked out with some Canadian players) and still hit the ice at the Penguins informal skating session that began at 11:00 am. I was at the practice, and he was flying during the drills, out-manuervering everyone on the ice.

    Maybe looking at the full post practice scrum which is on the Penguins home page would have helped, instead of grabbing a couple quotes from the Trib article.

  4. csilojohnson - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Tanger is a BEAST!

  5. Jaja.. - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    He should’ve said, I loved the place, the club has the best fans in the world that would’ve been a cool thing to do!

  6. broadstbully33 - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Loser

    • Kristenaux - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      Step away from the mirror please. It will be alright…

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