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Report: Letang breaks toe in return, Fleury’s status unknown

Mar 27, 2013, 8:57 AM EST

Kris Letang AP

Luck has not been on Kris Letang‘s side. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman returned on Tuesday after missing three games due to a lower body injury.

He logged 24:20 minutes, but broke his toe, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie. On top of that, it sounds like he’s not completely over his original lower body problem. It’s not clear how much time Letang might miss due to these problems.

The silver lining is that blueliner Douglas Murray, who Pittsburgh acquired from the San Jose Sharks should make his Penguins’ debut in the not too distant future. Although Murray can’t replace Letang’s offensive contributions, he will bolster the team’s defense.

They might need that too because Marc-Andre Fleury status is also in doubt after a collision on Tuesday.

Lavoie reports that Fleury had a sore neck, but it will take some time before we know if his injury is serious.

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  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Wrap this guy in bubble wrap until the playoffs begin.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      You know he’d still end up getting a rash or something and having to miss time.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Boy , isn’t it great that we got Vokoun during the offseason? Another great trade by Shero!

    • jpelle82 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      jackets got bobrovsky, not vokoun dude

      • blackfoot11 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        jpelle…@jacketsfan7 has made it know that he is both a Pens and Blue Jackets fan. Many have busted his balls for it too. I consider it sacrlegious myself.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        kinda weird, as a hockey fan i like a lot of players and i like what a lot of teams do or how they play but as a man, i have only one team and one city i cheer for. this concept of dual fandom is foreign to me

  3. jpelle82 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    martin has been doing just fine on the pp and they havent missed letang too much i guess. figures though, i’m more concerned about fleury honestly

  4. JoeAvg - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Not good news. Letang is integral to making this go full tilt. There were a few times during the Flyer game that it looked like they didn’t know how to carry the puck out of their own zone after a dump in. Rest that groin Kris!

  5. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Man – sometimes I think if Kris Letang didn’t have bad luck he’d have no luck at all when it comes to injuries.

    But maybe looking at the positive – the toe will force him to rest the hip/groin issues that he’s been tackling of late. Luckily the Pens have some good depth on the blue line right now.

  6. Kristenaux - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Letangs presence is such that you just take him for granted when he’s there. Take him out and we immediately see what he does and how it affects us. Martin has stepped up, true, but imo nobody can completely fill Tanger’s skates.

  7. ballistictrajectory - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    How long before the two new guys get broken?

  8. mclovinhockey - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    @jacketsfan…. Considering you are a jackets fan who is jumping on the pens bandwagon, I would say you fit right in with the rest of the fan base established in 05 and later…. (But to all the real pens fans who followed the team and watched every game PRIOR to 05, please disregard that comment, also if you are a pens fan who is a die hard hockey fan first and puts hockey above your team, (which is very rare for pens fans but there are a few out there) then also disregard that comment.)

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Haha that was the biggest backhanded compliment ever, but ill take it.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Can I just say that the post-crosby fan stuff is beyond annoying. And this is coming from somebody who’s family has been a half-season ticket holder since 1996 through the post-Jagr trade and all. Between our 2 season tickets and the 3 additional lower level tickets we’d buy at least 10-15 times a season back in 2000-2004, I’m pretty sure my family alone financed a quarter of the salaries in those low years. That being said, any REAL fan doesn’t give a shoot. Any REAL fan knows that sometimes you need somebody like Crosby to come into your city to breed a whole new crop of fans and begin a new era. It’s just so high school. It’s like saying you won’t be friends with somebody because you’re only friends with people who have been in the school district since kindergarten and you’re not friends with “transfers”. If you scream and hug and high five when they score, your a fan in my eyes and I love you all the same. Every fan has to fall in love with the sport at some time, and if Crosby is the reason they started watching then that’s all the more reason to be thankful he’s a Penguin. For every fan that comes for Crosby alone, there’s probably one that came for Crosby but fell in love with the game and will be a faithful fan for life.

      • mclovinhockey - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Like I said, if you are a die hard hockey fan who puts the sport above your team thats different. I don’t even like half the Flyers fans. Some are just very asinine, some are arrogant, fact is it takes time to grow into a, what I call “Die hard, hardcore hockey fan”, someone who watches every game and enjoys it just as much as if it was their team playing.

        When fan bases grow just like teams in a draft, you get good smart fans who know the game or become very knowledgeable, then you get the fans that make you wish they were wearing the other teams jerseys because of what they say and how they act. (in Philly those tend to be the Flyers fans from New Jersey) Pitt went from being a very small market fan base to being the biggest in the league over night. That brought in a few good fans to Pitt but a lot of those fans who really make you hate the team.

        For instance, a lot of the newer fans did not even know the entire story of Sid ending up on Pitt, they did not know that Mario already visited Sid and had a spot for him in his house prior to the lottery. Many of those fans also think that Pitt has always beaten philly, yet we both know that Philly vs pitt all time head to head leans heavily toward the bullies favor.

        One day maybe pitt will have a lot more knowledgeable fans like yourself, but for now they just have too many fans riding the bandwagon and it damages the image the of the pens.

  9. sjsharks66 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Murray does not get broken. He breaks other players man! Of course he did take a puck to the throat last season and missed a handful of games. Other then that the dudes a tank. Im excited to see what he can do on the east coast.

  10. fredzky - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I have been a Penguins fan since 79 and had season tickets from 83 through 97 when I moved to MN. I have tried on several occasions to also root for the Wild and it is impossible to do so. Anyone that has 2 teams is full of it.

  11. ironman721 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Ah 💩❗

  12. nicknyhc - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Letang and Fleury better get better soon or I predict another playoff series where the Pens give up 30 goals against in a single series. Then again Vokoun might be the better bet in the playoffs, Fleury seems to choke in the postseason.

  13. whatthepuck2012 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    How can you say that you’re basically nothing if you don’t “put hockey above your team”, then ridicule someone for liking more than one? Sounds like you’re advocating bandwagon-ism.

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