Letang, Bennett Cleared For Full Practice Today

Published on March 17th, 2014
Credit: Gene J. Puskar/ Associated Press

Credit: Gene J. Puskar/ Associated Press

After a tough weekend that saw the Penguins lose two games to the Philadelphia Flyers, head coach Dan Bylsma finally had some good news regarding the team’s injury list. Forward Beau Bennett and defenseman Kris Letang both have been cleared to participate in a full practice. Both players will do so this morning. Bennett’s return is no surprise. The 22 year-old has been skating with the team for over a week now, but he was somewhat limited. He will now be able to take in full practices and could return to game action soon once he feels comfortable with his hand/wrist. The Letang news came as a bit of a surprise. The 26 year-old suffered a stroke on January 29th and many thought he would not return this season. When the team announced the seriousness of his condition, they noted that he would miss at least six weeks. Sunday was the final day of that six-week period and doctors gave him the full clearance that he was hoping for. Letang is also off blood thinners. Does it mean Letang will play soon? No, there are no guarantees with his condition, but you have to consider it encouraging news for Letang’s health. The team will continue to monitor him as he tries to make a return to the lineup.