Letunov is unavailable due to the league's COVID-19 protocols. Letunov has been held out since Jan. 5 due to undisclosed reasons. The 24-year-old will need to gain clearance in order to return to practice and travel with the team.
Letunov was held out of Tuesday's training camp session for undisclosed reasons, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Even if Letunov was fully fit entering training camp, he was likely a fringe option to crack the lineup for Opening Night against Arizona on Jan. 14. If fully fit, the Russian center should be able to at minimum make the taxi squad, though how much game action he'll see this year is certainly questionable.
Letunov signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $700,000 annually with San JoSr on Monday, according to CapFriendly.com. Letunov enjoyed a strong 2019-20 AHL campaign, racking up 12 goals and 40 points in 50 games. He also appeared in three games with the big club, scoring his first NHL goal Feb. 6. Expect the 24-year-old forward to bounce between the AHL and NHL levels again next season.
The Sharks reassigned Letunov to AHL San Jose on Wednesday. Letunov was on hand as an insurance policy for Tuesday's loss to Philadelphia, but he didn't end up cracking the lineup for that match. The 24-year-old forward will likely continue to bounce between leagues during the final month of the 2019-20 regular season.
The Sharks recalled Letunov from AHL San Jose on Tuesday. Letunov and Lean Bergmann will both join the parent club in Philadelphia ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the Flyers, giving the Sharks two extra healthy bodies at forward while Logan Couture (ankle) and Melker Karlsson (lower body) battle injuries. If Letunov is active Tuesday, he'll most likely fill a bottom-six role for San Jose.
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