Pittsburgh Penguins: Kris Letang Cleared for Training Camp

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Looks like the Pittsburgh Penguins blue line just got their extra boost.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang has been cleared to participate in the teams training camp, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford announced Saturday.

This is great news for the Penguins. Letang had been out since February 21, receiving surgery for a herniated disk in his neck on April 13.

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Rutherford says that Letang will return to his old-self slowly but surely.

“I would expect a regular workload and I’m sure that’s what he expects,” Rutherford said. “He wants to play 40 minutes a game, but I think the coaches will just take it a day or a week or a game at a time and see where it goes. I would suspect that he would probably ease his way into the preseason and then go from there.”

Letang had 34 points in 41 games last season before he was out.

A Sudden Boost

Letang has been out since February 23 of last season. He missed the entire playoffs and yet, the Penguins defence was strong enough to win the Stanley Cup.

Our defence is great, but with our number-one defenceman back, we’ll be stronger than ever. This just solidifies us as the strongest team in the league to a greater extent.

Letang should be ready to roll by the start of the season. Injuries have been an issue in the past but let’s hope it’s all cleared up now. At 30-years-old, he still has lots of years in him to help us reach victory many more times.