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58 Kris Letang D
Height/Weight: 6-0/200 | Birthdate: 4/24/1987 | Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada | Team: Pittsburgh Penguins | College: None | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $3,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/92 | Average Draft Position: 68.44
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10/11/2014

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Kris Letang

Letang Assists In Pittsburgh's Win On Saturday

News: Kris Letang chipped in with a pair of power-play assists Saturday in Toronto.
Analysis: He continues to see first line power-play time on a unit which has converted four times in nine chances through two games. Kris Letang has led all Pittsburgh skaters in ice time in both of the team's games.

10/5/2014

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Kris Letang

Rebound For Pens' Letang?

News: The Penguins plan to pair Kris Letang with Christian Ehrhoff and skate the two blueliners whenever Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin is on the ice, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Analysis: New head coach Mike Johnston has stressed puck possession during training camp rather than dump-and-chase, a philosophy which figures to benefit Kris Letang. The defender struggled in 2013-14, skating in a full-season low of 37 games, though he did pot a career-high 11 goals. He's always an injury risk, but on a point-per-game basis there are few defensemen who can compete with Letang. He's set for a fresh start with a new coach and could deliver upside, given that he's slipped somewhat in draft rankings.

9/16/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang At 100 Percent In Advance Of Camp

News: Kris Letang, who suffered a stroke nearly eight months ago, has been working out without any complications this summer and should be a full participant for the start of training camp, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: In addition to the stroke, Kris Letang was limited to 37 games last season due to a knee injury and an elbow infection. Though he's the ultimate health risk after missing 99 games over the last three seasons, but few blueliners possess as much skill offensively as Letang, who still accumulated 11 goals and 11 assists in limited action in 2013-14. Letang compiled 50 points in his last full season in 2010-11, and that peak could be in reach again if he can avoid any long-term health complications.

5/19/2014

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Kris Letang

Penguins' Letang Shut Down For One Month

News: Kris Letang will be shut down for four weeks to allow a couple broken bones to heal, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang did not miss any playoff games due to his injuries, which is pretty remarkable considering he suffered a broken foot in Game 6 and a broken hand in Game 7 against the Rangers. Assuming a normal recovery process, Letang should be good to go when training camp begins in the fall.

5/4/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Leads Way Sunday

News: Kris Letang notched a game-winning goal and two assists in a 3-0 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.
Analysis: The Penguins defenseman had one point in the playoffs prior to Sunday. Kris Letang moved up to the top power-play unit by game's end as team rewarded him for his fine play. Aside from a double-overtime game in Round 1, Letang's 25:35 TOI on Sunday was his highest total in the postseason. The Penguins will next look for consistency from the defender, who skated in just 37 regular-season games, as they play at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

5/4/2014

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Kris Letang

Penguins' Letang Tallies Three Points

News: Kris Letang scored the game-winning goal and had two assists against the Rangers in Sunday's Game 2 win for the Penguins.
Analysis: Kris Letang has had some struggles, justifiably, since returning from a stroke, but he's played a ton of minutes in these playoffs, and he's a proven point provider from prior seasons.

4/26/2014

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Kris Letang

Letang Comes Through For Pens Saturday

News: Kris Letang scored his first goal of the playoffs -- an empty-netter -- Saturday against the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: His 22:18 TOI at even strength was two-plus minutes more than the next closest Penguins player (Paul Martin, 19:34 TOI). His power-play ice time remains limited to the second unit, but it's safe to say Game 5 was Kris Letang's best since the end of the regular season.

4/22/2014

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Kris Letang

Letang Off Pittsburgh's No. 1 PP Unit

News: Kris Letang has been removed from Pittsburgh's top power-play unit, according to the team's official site.
Analysis: The Pens began the playoffs using Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin at the points, but after Columbus scored short-handed goals in both Game 1 and Game 2, the team has decided to take a more conservative approach.

4/16/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang With Off Night Wednesday

News: Kris Letang had a disappointing playoff start Wednesday, compiling a minus-2 rating while committing a pair of ill-advised minor penalties.
Analysis: His giveaway on the power play led to a Columbus short-handed goal. By the end of the game, Pittsburgh replaced Kris Letang on the team's No. 1 power-play unit with Paul Martin and/or Matt Niskanen. Consistency has been Letang's bugaboo and it bit him Wednesday night.

4/16/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang On Top Power Play

News: Kris Letang practiced at the left point of Pittsburgh's top power-play unit Tuesday, the Penguins' website reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang will serve as the lone defender on the No. 1 uit, with the right point being manned by Evgeni Malkin. Paul Martin has played well on the team's top unit, so placing Letang there over Martin means the team has confidence the stroke survivor is operating at 100 percent capacity.

4/13/2014

Kris Letang, D, PIT Pens' Letang Continues Point Run

Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Continues Point Run

News: Kris Letang picked up a power-play assist Sunday in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Senators.
Analysis: The defender strung together a three-game point streak (1G, 3A) upon returning from a stroke. Kris Letang has four goals and six points in 10 career contests against the Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh's Round 1 playoff foe.

4/12/2014

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Kris Letang

Fresh Letang Picks Up Pair Of Points For Pens

News: Kris Letang scored a game-tying goal with 36 seconds remaining in regulation Saturday and added an assist.
Analysis: The goal was Kris Letang's 11th of the season, setting a career high despite playing in only 36 contests. He has fresh legs and could prove to be a boon in playoff pools.

4/9/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Plays Well Wednesday In Return

News: Kris Letang skated more than 22 minutes (22:30 TOI) in his first action since January on Wednesday and chipped in with an assist against Detroit.
Analysis: After the game, Kris Letang said his timing was off but that he felt fine, otherwise. The defender attempted five shots, registering two shots on goal. He also added one hit and three blocks while giving the puck away on two occasions. He has 23 points in 32 career contests against the Flyers, Pittsburgh's next opponent Saturday.

4/9/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang To See Power-Play Time Wednesday

News: Kris Letang, who is expected to pair with Rob Scuderi on Wednesday, will skate at the point on the team's No.2 power-play unit.
Analysis: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Kris Letang will play opposite of rookie blueliner, Olli Maatta, on the man advantage. "We've had a shortage of defensemen on our power play the last handful of games," Bylsma explained. "So our No. 1 unit as we saw it the last couple games with Niskanen and Martin will remain the same, and Kris will be on our second unit with us going with two defensemen on that unit. We've had different No. 1 units, Kris being on it and not being on it when he was playing throughout the year. Kind of work back into that starting tonight."

4/9/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Returns Wednesday After Long Absence

News: Kris Letang (illness) will return to the lineup Wednesday after sitting out since Jan. 27 following a stroke, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang has practiced with the team for the past couple weeks. Despite playing in only 34 games, the defenseman ranks 16th among blueliners with 10 goals. For the season, Letang has 18 points (10 goals, 8 assists) -- 11 of them on the power play. In Week 26, he'll give fantasy owners three home-game opportunities against Detroit, Philadelphia and Ottawa prior to the playoffs.

3/25/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Still Working Out Return

News: Kris Letang (stroke) continues to practice but has no timetable for a return. "I was so concerned that I wouldn't play again this year," Letang told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "But when I had the green light, I felt fine. The first few days (of practice) were tough. But I'm good now."
Analysis: Kris Letang will consult with doctors when he feels he's ready to play, but he'll decide when and where. "It's going to be my call," he said. "It's all about when I feel ready." There's a chance the defender comes back during the final week of the regular season, when Pittsburgh hosts Detroit, Philly and Ottawa.

3/17/2014

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Kris Letang

Penguins' Letang Slated To Practice

News: Kris Letang (illness) has been cleared for full practice participation.
Analysis: Kris Letang is slated to practice Monday, which is a major step toward his potential return to action after suffering a stroke in January, though at this stage there is no timetable on that front outlined by the Penguins.

3/16/2014

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Kris Letang

Penguins' Letang Will Practice Monday

News: Kris Letang, who suffered a stroke on Jan. 29, will practice Monday, but there is no timetable for his possible return to the lineup, the Penguins' official site reports. "We had an idea that at this point in time he could possibly be cleared to practice," coach Dan Bylsma said Sunday. "He still has some other things to go through. He's been working out, skating on his own and doing quite a bit on his own."
Analysis: The report adds that Kris Letang will not be limited in any way during Monday's practice, but we suspect that the Penguins will proceed very cautiously with the blueliner, who last played back on Jan. 27.

3/11/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Starts To Skate

News: Kris Letang (illness) has began to skate again.
Analysis: While it's good to see Kris Letang back on the ice, it's hardly any indication that his return to game action is forthcoming. Letang is set to undergo another round of testing within the next week, at which point the team will determine if he'll be able to play before the end of the season.

3/6/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens Place Letang On IR

News: Kris Letang (illness) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang isn't expected to return anytime soon after suffering a stroke in early February, but they haven't needed to make any roster moves until now that would have required his placement on IR. The team is prepared to proceed as though Letang will not play again this season, but they'll await the results of further tests in a couple weeks before reaching a decision on his status.

2/27/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang To Receive Further Tests In 2-3 Weeks

News: Kris Letang will receive "another battery of tests" in two or three weeks before the team decides whether or not he can return this season after suffering a stroke earlier this month, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang opened up to the press Thursday for the first time since suffering the episode, describing in detail how his wife found him lying on the floor that morning. It's a scary situation for Letang and his family to be sure, but at just 26 years old, doctors are confident the defenseman will bounce back from the stroke and return to normal health. Letang hasn't ruled out playing this season, but the tests he receives should go a long way toward determining his status.

2/19/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens Not Expecting Letang Back

News: The Penguins are set to proceed as if Kris Letang (stroke) will not play again in 2013-14, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Analysis: Speaking on WPXI, a local Pittsburgh television station, Rossi said the organization doesn't expect Kris Letang back for the playoffs. The team won't release a specific time frame until Letang finishes his six-week blood thinner period, but fantasy owners should consider alternatives to Letang for the remainder of 2013-14.

2/7/2014

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Kris Letang

Penguins' Letang To Miss At Least Six Weeks

News: Kris Letang will miss at least six weeks after having a stroke last week, according to the Penguins' official website.
Analysis: While the news is a bit alarming, Kris Letang's condition is treatable with blood thinners and it is not believed to be career threatening. He has even been cleared to travel during the upcoming Olympic break. While Letang's outlook is positive, he will be sidelined well beyond the end of the break, and it's possible he may not return until 2014-15.

2/6/2014

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Kris Letang

Pens To Reveal Letang's Problem Friday

News: The Penguins are expected to reveal the specifics regarding Kris Letang's illness and perhaps a timetable for his return Friday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Analysis: Kris Letang has been spotted in the press box during recent games at Consol, an unusual occurrence for someone thought to be suffering from the flu. Pens coach Dan Bylsma admitted in recent days he didn't know when his defender might return to the lineup and was waiting until he received complete information as to Letang's issue. Friday looks to be the day when fantasy owners will find out the blueliner's prognosis for the rest of 2013-14.

2/4/2014

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Kris Letang

Penguins' Letang Still Out

News: Kris Letang (illness) won't travel to Buffalo, where the Penguins play Wednesday.
Analysis: Coach Dan Bylsma did not provide an update on Kris Letang on Tuesday, and until one is provided, the blueliner should be considered day-to-day.