• Pens' Letang Cleared For Training Camp

    News: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said Kris Letang (concussion) has been cleared to participate for the start of training camp Friday.
    Analysis: Kris Letang has missed double-digit games in each of the past four seasons, with two of his more serious setbacks in coming just the last two years. In 2013-14, he missed over two months following a stroke and later suffered a broken foot and hand in the playoffs, then saw his past season end in late March after suffering a concussion following a collision with the end boards in a game. Though he's now healthy, few defenseman present as much injury risk -- and scoring ability -- as Letang. He remains best optimized in leagues with large benches or multiple IR spots, where fantasy owners can take advantage of the huge point totals he'll provide when he's on the ice and avoid a roster crunch when he inevitably misses time due to injury.
  • Pens' Letang Says He'll Be Ready For Camp

    News: Kris Letang (concussion) said Wednesday that he'll be ready to go for training camp, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
    Analysis: The oft-injured Kris Letang saw his past season come to an end March 28, when he suffered a concussion on a hit from the Coyotes' Shane Doan. Letang has been no stranger to head injuries throughout his career, but with the Penguins officially clearing him to resume working out earlier this month, it appears his latest setback isn't as significant as feared. The defenseman, who was productive when healthy last season with 11 goals and 54 points in 69 games, says he plans on skating again in late July or early August.
  • Penguins' Letang Resumes Training

    News: Kris Letang (concussion) has resumed training, TVA's Renaud Lavoie reports.
    Analysis: Kris Letang missed the final two weeks of the regular season and the playoffs, with Penguins GM Jim Rutherford stating beforehand that Letang likely wouldn't be available regardless of how far the team advanced. Letang said after the season that he expects to be fine for 2015-16, despite suffering multiple concussions in 2014-15, after suffering a stroke the previous season. He's still highly effective when healthy, but the concussion history is worrisome, and it didn't just start this season.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.