Dec 13, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) moves the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Letang to Return Wednesday? [Update: Will Play Wed.]


Pittsburgh Penguins’ general manager Ray Shero is reportedly expected to discuss the team’s roster at 10:15 a.m., per Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and there’s speculation that he will announce the return of defenseman Kris Letang for Wednesday’s tilt against Detroit – according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.

Letang hasn’t suited up for Pittsburgh since he suffered a stroke on Jan. 29.

The 26-year-old Norris finalist began practicing on Mar. 16, which came as sort of a surprise, considering it was right around the six-week timetable the Pens’ gave him to recover. And, of course, because a stroke is serious business.

Nonetheless, if McKenzie’s report is valid, this would not only be a huge benefit for Pittsburgh, but a wonderful feeling knowing that Letang’s completely healthy, and was able to fight off a frightening condition. Having his right-handed shot on the power-play isn’t a bad thing either.

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

Shero, from my perspective, is probably going to deliver us details towards the progression of goaltender Tomas Vokoun as well. However, that has yet to be confirmed, obviously.

Vokoun is set to be assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton today for conditioning – per Michelle Crechiolo of the Pens’ website.


Yohe is reporting that Letang’s return has been confirmed. He will play tonight against Detroit.

Letang has not performed since Jan. 27 against the Buffalo Sabres.

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