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Pens put Letang, Vokoun on injured reserve

Sep 30, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

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The Penguins made a pair of additions to their IR list on Monday — one expected, one surprising.

Pittsburgh, as predicted, put goalie Tomas Vokoun on injured reserve with a blood clotting issue, but there was some surprise when the club added All-Star defenseman Kris Letang to the list.

Letang, a Norris finalist from last season, suffered an undisclosed lower-body injury during Friday’s practice. While the club is playing coy with the severity of said injury, the Post-Gazette reports the injury is “not serious or long-term.”

The 26-year-old rearguard will miss Pittsburgh’s season opener against New Jersey but, if placed on IR retroactive to Friday, he could be ready to play on Saturday against Buffalo.

In a move related to Letang’s IR designation, the Pens kept 2012 first-rounder Olli Maatta with the club to open the season. Maatta, 19, has spent the last two seasons with OHL London but starred in training camp and exhibition games.

  1. restohpens - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Also, Beau Bennett was “reassigned” to the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. Why in the world would that happen?! I know he’s young but the kids more than ready for a 3rd line role, he’s fantastic to watch play.

    • curioustraveler13 - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      It’s only a paper move. He will play on Thursday for the pens. He won’t even play 1 game for the nailers.

    • killerpgh - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      The Pens did the same thing with Tangradi a few years back and he played the first game. I’m not 100% sure but I think it has something to do with a players has to physically show up to the place he gets assigned to. Even if it just to stop in sign some paper work and the leave. He must do that in person. Wheeling is a lot closer to Pittsburgh than Will-Beire Scranton.

  2. restohpens - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Right, gotta make cap space. Sometimes I don’t think, my apologies.

  3. killerpgh - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    The Famous “unnamed, but reliable” source on the radio said that Letang has a knee injury and is expected to miss a few weeks.

    • bmscalise - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      I doubt it will be quite that long. If it was likely to be more than 10 games, they’d put him on LTIR. Mike Colligan has reported that he isn’t likely to go on LTIR (just Vokoun). Missing 8-10 games plus this past week amounts to about 3 weeks altogether – about right for a knee strain. And that’s also about the time Maatta will need to be sent back to Junior. I suspect this is the plan, anyway.

  4. laxman1944 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Well, it appears that Letang’s skirt injury is a little more serious than first thought………..darn shame

    • killerpgh - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      That skirt wearing guy beating another current Flyer.

      • laxman1944 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        The skirt was on “Just” right that evening.

        Jakob……..a fighter????? HHhhhhhmmmmmmmm

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Voracek is one of the more fear fighters in the NHL so it’s an impressive win by Letang…

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