• Oilers Sign Letestu

    News: Mark Letestu signed a three-year contract with the Oilers on Wednesday, NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: Mark Letestu, whose deal is worth an average of $1.8 million per season, is coming off a campaign in which he notched 13 points in 54 games for Columbus. With the Oilers, the 30-year-old pivot brings a veteran presence to the table in his role as a bottom-six forward.
  • Letestu Hoping To Return To Columbus Next Season

    News: Mark Letestu, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, hopes to return to the Blue Jackets, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "I see myself as having a role here," he said. "I feel like I bring a lot to the table, and I still think I can do that for years to come. I'm still hopeful that we'll get something worked out."
    Analysis: He finished the season with just seven goals, 13 points and a minus-9 rating in 54 games, but Mark Letestu won 52.9 percent of his faceoffs and he offers a great deal of versatility from the fourth line. The Jackets' youth movement started this season with Alex Wennberg and Marko Dano, though, and if more prospects need NHL ice time next season, there may not be room in Columbus for Letestu.
  • Jackets' Letestu Pots Goal Wednesday

    News: Mark Letestu collected his seventh goal of the season in Wednesday's shootout win over the Oilers.
    Analysis: Though he had his shot denied by goalie Ben Scrivens during the shootout, Mark Letestu got the Blue Jackets into the extra period in the first place, finding the net with 10 minutes remaining in regulation to tie the score. As his meager goal total suggests, Letestu is rarely a source of offense for the Blue Jackets. The fourth-line forward is more valued for his skills on defense and in the faceoff circle.
  • Jackets' Letestu Puts Finishing Touches On Win

    News: Mark Letestu put the finishing touches on Saturday's win over the Senators, potting a goal with 13 seconds remaining.
    Analysis: Mark Letestu has only three points since the start of January, all of which have been goals. That level of production isn't significant enough to give him much value outside of deeper formats.
  • Jackets Activate Letestu From IR

    News: Mark Letestu (groin) was activated off injured reserve Tuesday.
    Analysis: Mark Letestu has been sidelined since Oct. 28 with the injury, missing the last 28 games as a consequence. He will likely slot back in as the fourth-line center in his return to the lineup Tuesday against the Stars. Letestu has tallied five points through nine games with the Jackets this season.
  • Blue Jackets' Letestu (Groin) Could Play Tuesday

    News: Mark Letestu (groin) has been upgraded to the point where he may be available for Tuesday's game against the Stars, Jeff Rimer of FOX Sports reports.
    Analysis: Mark Letestu has been sidelined since Oct. 28 with a groin injury but began skating in December and has been practicing for almost a week. The 29-year-old hasn't received the official green light for Tuesday, although it seems clear that he'll be back on the ice in short order, if not Tuesday.
  • Jackets' Letestu Could Be Back Jan. 9

    News: Mark Letestu (groin) may be available for a Jan. 9 game in Toronto, NHL.com's Rob Mixer reports.
    Analysis: This seems like a fairly loose target date, so the more important point is that the Blue Jackets hope to have Mark Letestu back in early-to-mid January. The veteran center participated in Monday's practice.
  • Jackets' Letestu Practices

    News: Mark Letestu (groin) practiced with the team Monday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Mark Letestu hasn't played since undergoing surgery at the end of October, but looks like he's getting close to returning. He collected three goals and two assists in nine games before getting hurt, and would jump right back into the lineup upon his return.
  • Jackets' Letestu Skates Again Wednesday

    News: Mark Letestu (groin) skated Wednesday for the second time since undergoing surgery just over two weeks ago, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Mark Letestu showed some further signs of progress Wednesday and could soon be ready to rejoin the team for practices. He's still probably at least a week away from returning from injured reserve.
  • Jackets' Letestu Skates

    News: Mark Letestu (groin) skated Monday for the first time since having surgery, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Mark Letestu is still expected to be sidelined for the next four weeks, but it's a good sign that his rehab appears to be on track.