Jan 5, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) skates up ice against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Letang Out Monday with Illness; Very Mysterious


Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang will reportedly miss his third consecutive game tonight due to an illness – according to head coach Dan Bylsma and Michelle Crechiolo of the team’s website.

Letang, whose missed his fair share of contests this season, was one of the last players off the ice before practice concluded on Jan. 30, however, wasn’t able to go because of an undisclosed illness.

Bylsma didn’t get into specifics on what’s ailing Letang, indicating he needs further testing before evaluating him. Here’s what he had to say – per Crechiolo:

“Kris Letang continues to not feel well and doing further evaluations and tests on him at this point in time. We’re uncertain [as to what's bothering him]. So we’re continuing to do some tests on him.”

Call me a speculating son-of-a-gun, but this whole situation seems fishy.

Yes, illnesses arrive spontaneously and sporadically, but because it’s Letang makes it that more peculiar. He’s been the topic of trade talk over the past month, and when Letang’s been in the lineup, Pittsburgh can’t seem to play tight defense.

I got a funny feeling this may have something to do with a potential trading partner. Now, of course, maybe I’m thinking too much into this, and that isn’t the case whatsoever, but do you really think Pittsburgh would tell it to you straight when it comes to trades?

It’s either he’s being benched, sought after, or ill – and I have my doubts that he’s sick.

For now, we’ll all assume he’s really recovering from an illness until further speculation surfaces.

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