February 28, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Kris Letang (58) watches against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Penguins 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Letang Back To IR; Despres Recalled


Kris Letang is back on injured reserve.

After playing in his first game since suffering a lower-body injury last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins placed the Norris candidate back on injured reserve with the same problem – according to the Pens’ website.

It is unclear as to when Letang re-aggravated his injury, but the chances of him seeing game-action anytime soon are slim.

With the way they’ve treated Evgeni Malkin’s current shoulder injury, it sounds only right that they’ll take it slow with Letang this go-round.

And due to the impending arrival of Douglas Murray, the Pens have enough initiative to make sure Letang is not just ready for later regular-season games, but more importantly for the playoffs.

In 28 games this year, Letang has registered 28 points (3G, 25A) and skated with a plus-11 for Pittsburgh.

To fill Letang’s spot will be Simon Despres.

Despres, 21, was recalled by the Pens from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – per the Pens’ website – after he was just re-assigned to the AHL squad yesterday.

In 24 games this season, Despres has compiled seven points (2G, 5A) and skated to a plus-10 rating for the Pens.

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