Dec 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) skates with the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Kris Letang Cleared to Practice, and Will Monday


Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang, who suffered a frightening stroke attack back in late January, early February, has reportedly been cleared to practice fully with the team, and will do so Monday – according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

This is a shocking turn-of-events for the Pens.

Already planning on being without last year’s Norris finalist for the remainder of the season – per Yohe – Pittsburgh is looking as though they’ll re-insert Letang at some point down the stretch, inevitably boosting their blue line proficiency.

Realizing St. Patricks Day is right around the corner, Pittsburgh might have received the largest amount of luck, considering the severity of Letang’s ailment.

Although I don’t personally anticipate Letang to be back in game-action this week, I am optimistic he may return at the end of this month. And if he does, what a surreal moment that will be.

Back on Feb. 7, Pittsburgh relayed the details to Letang’s scary situation, and stated he’d miss the next six weeks. Following that timetable, the Pens’ said he would be re-evaluated, however, the news today is a sign in the right direction.

Stay tuned for more information as this story develops.

In 34 games this season, Letang’s recorded 18 points (10G, 8A) and skated to a minus-6 rating.

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