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Pens say Letang has lower-body injury, unsure about severity

Sep 28, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

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Usually, the Pittsburgh Penguins suffer a wave of key injuries during the regular season, but some of their players are getting nicked up in training camp instead. The latest seems to be Kris Letang, who suffered a lower-body injury that requires further evaluation, according to the team.

Head coach Dan Bylsma said that the 26-year-old star won’t skate all weekend and that it’s unclear if this will be a short-term or “extended” injury.

Letang joins Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) as significant Penguins who have experienced issues before the 2013-14 kicks off.

It’s been an up-and-down couple years for Letang, as he’s missed quite a bit of time with injuries (just 35 out of 48 regular season games in 2013 and 51 of 82 in 2011-12) and received criticism for the team’s defensive lapses. Even so, many believe he’s often a Norris Trophy-caliber defenseman whose loss would be a serious blow to Pittsburgh.

Of course, this could also just be a day-to-day issue, so we’ll have to wait and see.

  1. live4hockey - Sep 28, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Is he ever healthy?! Just like Polomalu…

    • curioustraveler13 - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      He only missed significant time in 2011/2012 season (30 games) every other season he’s played almost every game. Polamalu has only missed significant time in 2009 and 2012 (combined 20 games) and has played in complete seasons since 2003. That’s not injury prone at all.

      • live4hockey - Sep 29, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        He missed significant time in the 2011/2012 and the 2013 lock out season…he only played 35 of 48…that means he missed almost 30% of the games…that is significant, guess you forgot about that. That is back to back years of having injuring problems and now this. Sorry that means he is now injury prone. Sure he had some great years…but he hasn’t had a healthy season since 2010.

      • curioustraveler13 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        3 seasons of playing nearly every game. 1 season missing significant time and another shortned season missing 13 games = injury prone. Got it.

    • curioustraveler13 - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Polamalu has played in 133 out 163 regular season games in his career. Meaning he has been injured for roughly 18%. That is not injury prone.

      • live4hockey - Sep 29, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        LOL! I guess we have different opinions on how significant basically 20% is. Missing almost 20% of games in the NFL is a lot! Look, he is great…maybe the best safety to ever play the game…but he the way he lays out his body every game, causes him to have injuries. It doesn’t mean he is bad or anything…it is just frustrating as a fan, to not see either player out on field or ice as often as they should be, since they are both critical components of their teams.

      • curioustraveler13 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        So you consider missing 3 games out of a 16 game season a lot? Because that’s 18 percent. Over a span of 13 seasons that is not a lot.

  2. laxman1944 - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    He’ll be fine, his skirt got caught on his skate…….no worries

    • killerpgh - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        Oh please that just exemplifies the type of player Letang is. Who fights Kimmo freakin Timonen?? First off Kimmo is barely 5’10 ” 190lbs, he’s pushing 40, and has never fought anyone in his life. Yeah Letang’s a real tough guy. It’s like picking a fight with the nice old grandma down the street and then showboating after you clobber them.

      • curioustraveler13 - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        I love how you compared your top paid defenseman to the old grandma down the street. Not to mention how many times has hartnell started stuff with guys half his size. Letang is 2 inches taller and 6 pounds heavier. Not a mismatch. Both guys don’t fight usually. Timonnen just got his butt beat. It happens.

  3. killerpgh - Sep 28, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I never said Letang was tough. Personally I don’t want a player like Letang fighting unless its 100% necessary. I was just pointing out that the guy who wears a skirt (according to a Flyers fan) mopped the ice with a Flyers player not that long ago.

    • drone501 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      it doesn’t matter if your 5’10, 150 lbs or 6 ft 200 lbs, if its wearing orange and black you beat it to death.

  4. hazlydose - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    I’ve read multiple reports that he is out indefinitely. They slipped this into the article on the pens injuries, but they haven’t updated this one.

    • c9castine - Sep 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      yeah that was from ESPN….in the same article the headline said out indefintely but the last words of the article said “no timetable”. typical. i guess if you wanna get technical, not knowing is indefinite.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    The elderly are the only people who remember what it’s like when the Flyers win the cup!

    • drone501 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      i was twenty five at the time. was wearing a leasure suit and earth shoes at the time lmao

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