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 groin problem, along with a reportedÂ broken toe.
It is unclear as to whenÂ Letang re-aggravated his groin injury, or his broken foot-finger, butÂ 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 after he was just re-assigned to the AHL squad yesterday, March 26th.
In 24 games this season, Despres has compiled seven points (2G, 5A) and skated to a plus-10 rating for the Pens.