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Letang (lower body) skates solo, but no timetable for return

Oct 8, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

Kris Letang AP

Pens defenseman Kris Letang skated for a third straight day on Tuesday but is still without a timetable for return to full practice, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Letang, the club’s Norris Trophy nominee from a year ago, was placed on injured reserve to start the year, meaning he wouldn’t be made available until today (Oct. 8) at the earliest.

As such, he missed Pittsburgh’s first two games of the year — wins over New Jersey and Buffalo — and now appears set to miss a few more.

Letang will definitely be out when Pittsburgh plays at home against Carolina tonight. Following the ‘Canes game, the Pens head out on a two-game road swing through Florida (on Friday) and Tampa Bay (on Saturday).

From there, it’s another busy stretch: Edmonton on Oct. 15, Philadelphia on the 17th, Vancouver on the 19th and Colorado on the 21st. All told, the Pens play six games in a 10-day span.

Letang, 26, suffered the lower-body ailment during practice two weeks ago and only returned to the ice on Saturday. Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma originally said he didn’t think the ailment would keep Letang out long-term, but it looks like he could miss up to five games.

Related: James Neal out indefinitely with upper-body injury

  1. curioustraveler13 - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    No need to rush him back. Mataa looks great out there, and he’s only 19. Future is bright on defense for this team.

    • killerpgh - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      That’s probably the teams thinking. Let Mattaa play his 9 games than send him back to juniors so he doesn’t burn a year of his ELC and the team can keep him an RFA a extra year. But he doesn’t look good for a 19 years old

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