Dec 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) handles the puck against pressure from Columbus Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov (42) during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pens' Kris Letang Placed On Injured Reserve


The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly placed defenseman Kris Letang on injured reserve – according to the team’s website.

Head coach Dan Bylsma reported after Saturday’s game that Letang suffered an upper-body injury, and would require further testing. Speculation is that he injured himself in Friday’s matchup against New Jersey, but there’s no clarification. No word on if it’s a long-term ailment, and no timetable has been set for his return.

The Pens’ will now be without their top-4 defensemen (Letang, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi) and have to rely, for the most part, on the WBS’ call-ups. Although Scuderi is close to returning, the other three are not expected back soon.

Injuries galore. Pittsburgh just can’t seem to shake them.


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