Kris Letang Out At Least 6 Weeks After Stroke

Published on February 7th, 2014
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Listen to Dan Bylsma address the media earlier today. 

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The defense of the Pittsburgh Penguins just took an unexpected turn. Defenseman Kris Letang, who has not been skated since a practice on January 30th in Los Angeles, will miss at least six weeks after suffering a stroke. The Penguins say that his condition can be treated with blood thinners and is not career threatening.

“The past few days we’ve gotten a better grasp where he is at,” said Dan Bylsma. “He’s on blood thinners until the six-week mark and will be reevaluated and monitored the whole time.” 

The 2013 Norris finalist has missed the team’s past four games as a result of the illness. This has not been a great year for Letang health-wise. He missed 19 games earlier this season with a strained right knee and an infected elbow. Letang signed an eight-year extension worth $58 million this past summer and has recorded 18 points (10 goals and 8 assists) in 34 games this season.

Listen to Dan Bylsma address the media earlier today. 

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