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Letang back on IR, Despres recalled (Updated)

Mar 27, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

Kris Letang

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ activated defenseman Kris Letang from the injured reserve list on Tuesday so he could participate in last night’s 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

He logged 24:20 minutes in that contest, but after the game it was reported that Letang had suffered a broken toe and still wasn’t completely over his original lower-body problem.

Although the Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t provided a full update on Letang’s status, they have placed him back on the injured reserve list with what they’re calling a lower-body injury.

In other words, Letang will be out for at least one week.

The Penguins have also summoned 21-year-old blueliner Simon Despres, who has seven points and a plus-10 rating with Pittsburgh this season.

Meanwhile, recently acquired defenseman Douglas Murray should make his Penguins’ debut in the near future.

There’s still no update on Marc-Andre Fleury, who reportedly had a sore neck after a collision on Tuesday.

Update: Dan Bylsma has clarified that Letang is expected to miss roughly seven-to-10 days, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Shelly Anderson.

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun was already scheduled to get the nod on Thursday, but Fleury might serve as the backup. However, it’s worth emphasizing that Fleury’s evaluation isn’t complete.

Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) remains day-to-day.

  1. jpelle82 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    makes me wonder how soon murray is gonna play if they are recalling despres already…

    • jpelle82 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      also makes me believe that malkin isnt playing tomorrow since they keep these 8 d-men on the 23 man roster…unless they plan on sending jeffrey or bennet back down upon his return

      • tkovacs2 - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Murray is scheduled to play Thursday night. Despres was recalled due to Letang going on IR again and a roster spot opening up for him.

      • mathieug79 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        They just sent down Bortuzzo!

    • rugby4bunt - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Bortuzzo got sent down.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        he would have to clear waivers, i highly doubt they rolled the dice there, that would make headlines…they are stuck with him on the 23 man roster unless they sell him off in a trade. i can name 29 other teams that would snatch him up in a heartbeat if they sent him to waivers.

      • killerpgh - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Burtuzzo got sent down on a conditioning stint to WBS. I’m 99% sure he still counts against the 23 man roster limit.

  2. lsxphotog - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    “They call me Mr. Glass…”

  3. ironman721 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Hockey gods just can’t give us a week to be happy?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Dude your joking right ?

  4. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Mike Green 2.0

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