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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%: 96/54 | Average Draft Position: 68.07
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4/26/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang (Concussion) Unconcerned About Future

News: Kris Letang (concussion) remains unconcerned about his long-term future, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang suffered multiple head injuries in 2014-15, with the last one costing him the entirety of the Penguins' playoff run. While he has indicated that it shouldn't effect his future in the league, it's a situation worth noting, as concussions can become more common in players who have a history of them.

4/11/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Likely Out For Season

News: GM Jim Rutherford announced Friday that if the Penguins earn a playoff spot, Kris Letang is "not likely" to be available at any point, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Rutherford said he was basing his assessment on Kris Letang's "present condition," which likely means the blueliner hasn't experienced much progress in his recovery from the concussion. Letang has a rather lengthy history of head injuries and missed significant time after suffering a stroke last season, so from a long-term perspective, it probably makes sense for the Penguins to keep him out for the rest of the season. While the 27-year-old turned in another outstanding season with 11 goals and 54 points, he was still limited to 69 games, the fourth straight season in which he's missed 10-plus games. Those health concerns will again be salient in his outlook heading into the 2015-16 campaign.

4/7/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Could Return During Playoffs

News: Coach Mike Johnston said Tuesday that Kris Letang (concussion) could be ready to play during the playoffs. The defenseman has been out since taking a questionable hit from the Coyotes' Shane Doan on March 29.
Analysis: From the sounds of it, Kris Letang won't be back before the end of the regular season. Johnston said the team "hasn't established a timetable for him yet," and a firmer one likely won't be in place until he resumes skating with the team. The Penguins will have to overcome their recent struggles to make the playoffs in the first place, but should they qualify, the addition of Letang would surely aid their ailing attack.

4/5/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang May Exercise Soon

News: Kris Letang (concussion) may start riding an exercise bike this week, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang hasn't skated or exercised since suffering a concussion last Saturday, so he can probably be ruled out for the rest of the regular season. The Penguins hope to have their puck-moving blueliner back for the start of the playoffs, but given Letang's history of head injuries and the serious nature of this recent one, it's possible he won't be ready.

4/1/2015

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Kris Letang

No Activity Yet For Pens' Letang

News: Kris Letang hasn't resumed skating or exercising since sustaining a concussion in last Saturday's win over the Coyotes, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang, who has a history of head injuries, remains under evaluation and should probably be considered out indefinitely until he's cleared to start skating again. The oft-injured blueliner has been relatively healthy this season, missing only seven games, but it looks like his availability could be in jeopardy with the playoffs rapidly approaching.

3/29/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang (Concussion) Released From Hospital

News: Kris Letang was diagnosed with a concussion stemming from a head injury in the second period of Saturday's game, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang is currently being listed as day-to-day, but a concussion serious enough to require a trip to the hospital could cost the blueliner more time than just a couple days. He'll need to go through the concussion protocol before returning to the ice, though he's currently dealing with an open-ended timetable. However, he can effectively be ruled out for Sunday's contest.

3/29/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Departs With Injury Saturday

News: Kris Letang left Saturday's game in the second period after he was hit into the end boards by the Coyotes' Shane Doan, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: The Penguins haven't ruled Kris Letang out of the game yet, but that seems like a safe conclusion after he was unable to skate off the ice on his own. It appeared that Letang's head backed into the boards on the hit, so the blueliner will undoubtedly be evaluated for a concussion, among other possible injuries. Penguins tough guy Steve Downie quickly got in a skirmish with Doan shortly after play resumed, but that won't make up for any potential absence for Letang, who entered Saturday ranked in a tie for second among all NHL blueliners with 54 points in 68 games.

3/28/2015

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Kris Letang

Penguins' Letang To Remain In Hostpital Overnight

News: Kris Letang will remain in the hospital overnight after suffering a scary head injury during the second period of Saturday's game, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang will remain in the hospital for the night, making him unlikely to take the ice Sunday against San Jose. If he misses that game, his next chance to return would be Wednesday against Philadelphia.

3/28/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Transported To Hospital

News: Kris Letang required transport to the hospital Saturday after a scary hit in the second period of Saturday's game against the Coyotes, reports the Associated Press. He was shoved backwards in the boards by Shane Doan after the defender had flipped the puck out of the zone. He hit the back of his head on the boards.
Analysis: Kris Letang remained on the ice for several minutes and was attended by the team trainer and physician before teammates helped him off. The hit wasn't dirty; Letang was off balance and in an odd position near the boards. Letang's medical history -- concussions and a stroke -- make this situation a significant concern. '"We'll get an evaluation as to where everybody thinks he's at in the morning," Pens' head coach Mike Johnston said after the game.

3/21/2015

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Kris Letang

Letang Assists In Pens' Win Saturday

News: Kris Letang picked up his 43rd assist and totaled 31:09 TOI against Arizona on Saturday.
Analysis: With Christian Ehrhoff a late scratch due to an undisclosed injury, Kris Letang stepped up and led Pittsburgh defensemen in playing time. He saw five minutes-plus more ice time than did the team's second-highest blueliner, Paul Martin (25:03 TOI). Letang has struggled to maintain his composure in recent games -- he's compiled 34 PIM in eight games, but is only four points behind Ottawa's Erik Karlsson (58 points) in the scoring race among all defensemen.

3/20/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Gets PIM, PP Goal In Loss

News: Kris Letang recorded six PIM and a power-play goal in Thursday's loss to the Stars.
Analysis: It took Kris Letang 28 additional games this season, but the defenseman has finally matched his goal total of 11 from 2013-14. While that significant decline in goal efficiency would normally qualify a player as a disappointment, Letang has actually become even more of a fantasy asset due to his sizable assist total (42 in 65 games), improved plus/minus rating (plus-12), and better overall health. He's only missed six contests to injury this season and will finish with his most games played since 2010-11, when he suited up from the full 82.

3/10/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Chips In Monday

News: Kris Letang tallied an assist on Pittsburgh's lone goal Monday versus the Sharks.
Analysis: With zero goals and seven assists in his last 11 games, Kris Letang has fallen into a mini-slump by his standards. He leads all defensemen in points with 51 (in 60 games), but Ottawa's Erik Karlsson is smelling blood -- he has 50 points in 64 contests. Pittsburgh will play its next three games at home, where Letang has scored 26 points in 29 games.

3/2/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Assists Twice In Win

News: Kris Letang picked up two power-play assists in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: The Penguins turned the game into a runaway with three unanswered goals on the man advantage in the second period, with Kris Letang setting up David Perron and Evgeni Malkin on scores. Letang has been an asset on the power play all season, where his 21 assists rank third in the league.

2/23/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Moves To Top Of Class

News: Kris Letang picked up an assist Sunday, giving him 47 points in 54 games and moving him into a tie with Calgary's Mark Giordano for the most points by a defenseman.
Analysis: Fantasy owners have benefited from Kris Letang's relative good health in 2014-15 -- he's missed only six of Pittsburgh's first 60 contests. The eighth-year veteran is only three points away from matching his career high of 50. Letang has put himself in the middle of the Norris Trophy talk with eight weeks remaining in the regular season.

2/18/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Takes Part In Practice Wednesday

News: Kris Letang (undisclosed) was on the ice for Wednesday's practice, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang was temporarily forced out of action in Wednesday's loss to the Capitals when Alex Ovechkin clubbed the defenseman in the foot with his stick. Based on Letang's participation in practice Wednesday, it would seem he escaped the game without much concern about the injury, which should enable him to suit up Thursday against the Blue Jackets.

2/17/2015

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Kris Letang

Letang Helps But Pens Still Lose Tuesday

News: Kris Letang registered his 35th assist Tuesday, giving him 45 points in 51 games, but also had an injury scare.
Analysis: He took an Alexander Ovechkin slash to his skate, crashing into the end boards. After missing a couple shifts, the defender returned to finish the game. Kris Letang has a history of concussions, so it's possible symptoms propagate in the next couple days.

2/13/2015

Kris Letang, D, PIT Pens' Letang Keeps Points Rolling

Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Keeps Points Rolling

News: With a goal and assist Thursday, Kris Letang moved into a tie with Calgary's Mark Giordano for the scoring lead (44 points) among blueliners.
Analysis: Kris Letang has collected a point on over half of Pittsburgh's goals in the last 14 games, with 19 points on 37 goals. He continues to make a case for the Norris Trophy, though he's gone pointless on the power play over the last six games (13 chances) in February.

2/12/2015

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Kris Letang

Letang Contributes Two Points To Pens' Win

News: Kris Letang scored the game-opening goal 1:01 into the first period and added an assist Thursday in a 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa.
Analysis: The goal was his first in nearly a month, as he'd last tallied Jan. 13 against Minnesota. But despite the lack of pucks in nets, he's been plenty productive points-wise, having accumulated a whopping 12 points in his last nine games.

2/7/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Plays Through Pain Friday

News: Kris Letang, who missed part of Friday's game after taking a deflected puck to his face, tallied an assist against Calgary.
Analysis: With three takeaways, he likely won a potential Norris Trophy showdown with the Flames' Mark Giordano, who turned over the puck on Pittsburgh's game-winning goal. Kris Letang now has nine goals and 41 points in 46 games.

2/5/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Continues Assists Assault Wednesday

News: Kris Letang collected a helper Wednesday, giving him assists on 13 of Pittsburgh's last 18 goals.
Analysis: The blueliner has seven points (2A, 5A) in seven games against Calgary, Pittsburgh's next opponent Friday. He'll go up against the Flames' Mark Giordano, who leads all NHL defenders with 43 points in 52 games. Kris Letang sits second in the league with 40 points in 45 tilts.

1/30/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Celebrates Stroke Anniversary In Styl

News: Kris Letang tallied two helpers Friday -- including one on the power play -- giving him assists on each of Pittsburgh's last seven goals.
Analysis: The defender, who rung one shot off the post Friday, has scored a goal and 13 assists in his last eight contests. He's also closing in on a point per game pace with 39 points (9G, 30A) in 43 games. After suffering a stroke nearly a year ago to today's date, Kris Letang has made an amazing recover, providing fantasy owners with elite production as a defenseman.

1/27/2015

Kris Letang, D, PIT Pens' Letang Returns With Five-Assist Gem

Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Returns With Five-Assist Gem

News: Kris Letang, who'd been questionable for Tuesday's game with a head injury, slotted into the lineup and assisted on all five Pittsburgh goals, adding a plus-2 rating and two PIM in a victory over the Jets.
Analysis: So it seems like he's feeling alright. Kris Letang had sat out the Pens' final game before the break, but it looks like that's all the time he needed to get over the hit he took a week ago Tuesday.

1/27/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Set To Play Tuesday

News: Kris Letang (head) took the ice for pregame warmups and is listed as a member of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Jets.
Analysis: Kris Letang was termed a game-time decision Tuesday after missing the Pens' final contest before the All-Star break with a probable head injury. However, after practicing Monday and Tuesday without incident, he'll slot back into the lineup. Fantasy owners should have no qualms about keeping Letang active; with 32 points in 40 games, he's been one of the most productive blueliners in the NHL this season despite an assortment of minor injuries.

1/27/2015

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Kris Letang

Penguins' Letang: Game-Time Call Tuesday

News: Kris Letang (head) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Jets.
Analysis: We'll continue to track Kris Letang's status as Tuesday's game approaches, but for his part, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review suggests that it "sounds quite likely" that Letang will play Tuesday.

1/26/2015

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Kris Letang

Pens' Letang Optimistic For Tuesday Return

News: Kris Letang (head) believes he will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Jets, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Kris Letang was a full participant in practice Monday, and appears to be clear of the symptoms that held him out of last Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks. Assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks, it appears fair to believe he will dress for Tuesday's contest, but the team should confirm his status one way or another before it begins.