June 5, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) skates with the puck during the first period in game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Letang to the KHL


As the lockout drags on – players will continue to carry on.

Defenseman Kris Letang has agreed to enter the realm of the KHL by signing on with SKA Saint Petersburg, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, initially reported Letang’s situation via Twitter, but now can be confirmed that he has indeed signed on for the remainder of the lockout.

Letang, 25, was the Pittsburgh Penguins third round selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. And over the past couple seasons, he has exploded into one of the most offensively-dangerous defenseman.  Last season, Letang was able to post 42 points in just 51 contests.

He will join a Russian team which has players that already include Ilya Kovalchuk, Maxim Afinogenov, Sergei Bobrovsky, and more. Interesting to see him sign here over potentially playing alongside fellow Penguin teammate Evgeni Malkin, who is currently playing for Mettalurg in Magnitogorsk. But surely, they probably both are hoping to be back with the Penguins sooner rather than later.

The defenseman is expected to be ready to suit up as soon as possible. And with the forgone conclusion of playing Malkin down the road, this could get good.

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