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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Kris Letang Update: Penguins' defenceman cleared to practice after stroke

By on 3/16/2014 04:15:00 PM

After suffering a stroke during the first week of February, Pittsburgh Penguins' defenceman Kris Letang has been cleared to practice in full with his team, according to the Penguins official twitter page.

It was originally reported that Letang would miss at least six weeks and that the Penguins were prepared to move on as though Letang would not return this season. We're approaching the six-week mark in Letang's recovery stage and although the timetable for his return is still a question mark, seeing Letang on the ice has to be great news for his team, fans and family.

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Fully participating in practice is the first real step towards returning and if Letang experiences no setbacks, we could see him make a return to the lineup before before the regular season is over. If that happens, he will provide a huge boost to a Penguins team that has been ravaged by injuries.

James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Paul Martin and Beau Bennett are all currently injured, but possibly getting a perennial Norris-trophy candidate back in your lineup could be the medicine this team needs to go back to dominating their competition.

Tomorrow is the first chance we will get to see Letang on the ice. Also returning to practice Monday will be Bennett, who has missed the last 43 games with a broken hand.

Still, at this juncture we don't know if either player will return this season. But for a team sorely lacking from a depth perspective, the prospect of either player returning will be a welcomed sight.

For Kris Letang, being able to be back on the ice has to be extra-sweet.


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