Letang's (neck) has undergone successful surgery to repair a herniated disc. Training camp will likely kick off near the tail end of Letang's estimated 4-to-6-month recovery time. If the defenseman can keep his legs under him during the offseason, it certainly looks as though he could be available to start the 2017-18 campaign. The 29-year-old has been hard hit by injuries throughout his career, as he's played in a full 82-game season just once. If he can get back to 100 percent, Letang will no doubt resume his role as the Penguins' top blueliner in all situations.
Letang will have surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck, and his expected recovery time is 4-to-6 months. Given the wide range of when he might be back, Letang's status for Opening Night of the 2017-18 season is certainly in question. The oft-injured defenseman will no doubt be missed on the Pens' blue line during the playoffs as they look to defend last season's Stanley Cup. The 29-year-old's injury woes make him a risky fantasy option, but when healthy, he remains one of the top offensive-minded defensemen in the league.
Letang (upper body) skated Thursday morning, and coach Mike Sullivan said he is making progress, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. With regard to Letang and fellow key cog Evgeni Malkin, Sullivan acknowledged that the team's focus is making sure it is as healthy as possible for the playoffs. The Penguins are thus not inclined to rush either player back, with Letang's return to the lineup not looking imminent as a result.
Letang (upper body) is skating on his own but hasn't practiced with the team, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. There's still no word as to specifically when Letang might return to the lineup. He's almost assuredly out Tuesday in Buffalo and likely Thursday in Ottawa. Historically, he usually only needs one or two practices before coming back. At best, it seems as though Letang might play two games (Friday and Sunday) in the coming week, but even that is by no means a sure thing. Stay tuned.
Letang (upper body) will miss his 10th straight game Wednesday but is improving. "I don't want to sit here and give you a number of days it will be because I'm not sure yet," GM Jim Rutherford told DK Pittsburgh Sports. "But he's coming along, I can tell you that much." Coach Mike Sullivan recently ruled out speculation that Letang was beset by yet another stroke or concussion, but he offered little other information. Fortunately, Rutherford relayed positive news Tuesday. "I can tell you this: Kris is progressing really well," Rutherford said. "He's absolutely starting to feel better and starting to move in the right direction."
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