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Letang broke foot, hand late in second round

May 19, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

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Kris Letang would have had a hard time getting much done had the Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference Final and that’s assuming he would have played at all.

Letang broke his foot in Game 6 of Pittsburgh’s second round series against the New York Rangers and suffered a broken hand in Game 7, per TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie. He will not be able to workout for the next four weeks.

That concludes a rough campaign for Letang, who missed a significant chunk of the season after sustaining a stroke. Fortunately he was able to come back from that, even if he struggled to get back to his former level, but that wasn’t the only problem he dealt with in 2013-14.

Letang suffered two significant injuries during the regular season before he suffered a stroke and only played in 37 games as a result. Over the last three campaigns, Letang has played in just 123 of a possible 212 games because of a variety health issues, including two concussions.

The Penguins have indicated that they’re ready to make meaningful changes by firing former GM Ray Shero. Perhaps they’ll follow it up by moving Letang, who is about to start his eight-year, $58 million contract.

Avoiding that $7.25 million annual cap hit would be big for the Penguins, who already have a big chunk of their payroll consumed by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. At the same time, that contract combined with his injury history might cause teams to shy away from Letang, despite his abilities.


Now is the time to explore trading Letang

  1. endusersolutions2013 - May 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    When will GM’s figure out that REALLY long contracts are VERY high risk

    • hockey412 - May 19, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      They’d need to write it into a CBA (and managed to widdle it down last time). The problem is that if Shero wasn’t willing, someone else would have been.

    • c9castine - May 19, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      ehh…yeah most are. i dont see this one as that high of risk. its easy to characterize him as injury prone…but lets be honest here. hes not pull ligaments and herniating discs.

      hes breaking bones getting hit by pucks and having strokes. not much to be done there…

      letang going nowhere. it matters none that outsiders think this way or that about him.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        I agree on the bones but the concussions and a stroke should be very, very concerning.

      • c9castine - May 19, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        hasnt had a concussion in a pretty long time and the stroke really doesnt mean anything. besides, nobody had any comments when patrice bergeron got locked up for a long time. or many many other players for that matter.

        ive said before i know a guy who had a stroke in 2nd grade. its never happened again and he has no ill effects from it.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        As a Bruins fan I was very concerned with the Bergeron contract and I remember a lot of people bringing it up ay the time.

        In terms of the stroke, I’m in the same boat where I know someone close who had one and similar circumstances, nothing bad has happened since but I know the risks are higher to suffer a second one within a few years after the first.

        Guys are never fully healthy when they sign these deals so I think it’s just the nature of the business but at least you know you’re getting a guy who will do anything he can to get on the ice.

      • c9castine - May 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        i could consent that with the way he plays the game (fast, physical, a bit reckless at times) a shorter contract might have been smarter something more like 4 years but as somebody else said, Letang wanted a long contract and if we didnt give it to him he would have gotten it somewhere else.

        no matter what anybody else thinks, mario thinks Letang is a top player who you shouldnt let go for nothing. agreed.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        Haha someone needs to take note that civil discussion can indeed happen on here!

  2. ravanator - May 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Here come the excuses from the Pen fans. Pens lost to the Rangers because they are weak and have no leadership in the locker room or front office.


    • pbhatesphilly - May 19, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      No douche bag, only you!!! Worry about your own sorry ass self and leave the predictions to Nostradamas!!!!!

    • ravenscaps48 - May 19, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Don’t disrespect the Ravens with s*** talk like that. Be better.

    • c9castine - May 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      nope. i doubt any of us will.

      we know better than that. weve gone the distance a few times…you should know. we dispatched your team once to do it.

      injuries happen, ill bet there are some guys in the WCF and ECF playing with them right now. thats what depth is for.

      pens didnt have it, so if there is any excuse, its that if maybe we had more depth stuff like this would have been minimized.

    • 6superbowls - May 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Good lord the Biggest Loser is back and trolling Pittsburgh hockey articles now? Guessing you got your sorry @ss booted off PFT. You Baltimore idiots must really be hard up???

  3. ravenscaps48 - May 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Good. So Pittsburgh is stuck with that awful contract. Now we can make fun of you guys like you all did to us with Mike Green. Ha Ha. Ha Ha. HA HA!!!

    • pdmjr - May 19, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      He’s way better than Mike Green not in same statosphere

      • ravenscaps48 - May 19, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Is he? They look the same to me. High production. Below average defense. Injury prone. Prima Donna. Terrible contract

      • ravenscaps48 - May 19, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        Well… used to be high production. Man… Mike Green sucks.

      • c9castine - May 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        prima donna? below average defense??

        make stuff up much? kris letang is quiet, polite, and humble. and hes way better defensively than hell ever get credit for just because he can create offense.

        i know misery loves company and im sorry your stuck with mike green but dont make crap up.

  4. statsdolie - May 19, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    With his injury history and inconsistent defensive play that contract seems unmovable

  5. statsdolie - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    With his injury history and inconsistent defensive play that contract looks unmovable

  6. garybrian2014 - May 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    So who is going to take on a long contract for a guy who has just suffered a stroke, broke a hand and a foot and has missed a considerable amount of time due to these and other injuries. Hey, how about a Phaneuf for Letang trade?

  7. 19to77 - May 19, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Oh, look. Another max-length contract that looks like a bad idea before it even starts. I’ll try to look surprised. I guess it doesn’t matter to Letang, though. Whether he stays or gets traded, whether he spends the rest of his career contending for the Norris or on the injured reserve, any way you cut it, he still gets paid.

  8. bigeagle12 - May 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Ironically he has played 58% of the last 212 games…

  9. earpaniac - May 19, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    It always amazes me to see what injuries guys were playing with after their teams get eliminated. Damn, hockey players are tough.

  10. broadstreetbeatdown - May 19, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    In other injury news: Sydney Crosby’s playoffs have been marred by a shattered ego, frayed nerves, and no heart.

    • Hockeyfan - May 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Go play under a bridge with Giroux and his henchmen

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Ah, Clutch Giroux a real captain!

        BTW how many accounts do you have 412?

      • Hockeyfan - May 19, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        Not 412.

  11. bobc74 - May 19, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    And yet Bylsma still refused to play a healthy Engelland over Letang with a broken foot. Even though Engelland scored more goals as a forward during the regular season than Sid scored during the playoffs.

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