Kris Letang Is Skating Just A Week After Suffering Stroke
Remarkably, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been back on the ice just days after going through a scary situation.
Before the team practiced on Tuesday morning, the former Norris Trophy finalist was shown on video skating by himself.
He did some stick handling and shooting drills.
Kris Letang on the ice (as is Poehling) before the 10:30 morning skate. -DP pic.twitter.com/idgoqx3UNA
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According to head coach Mike Sullivan, he skated by himself last Thursday as well and said it was something for his mental health while he gets tests done.
Sullivan this morning did not pinpoint a timetable.
“Obviously, he skated this morning. Nothing significant to report from a change standpoint.”
But Sullivan has noted that Letang has looked “really good” and is “making progress.”
But regardless this is great news considering what was reported last week.
Letang suffered a stroke last Monday after reporting symptoms to the team’s training staff.
The Penguins said he would continue to undergo testing and that he would be out indefinitely.
The situation marks another tough break for Letang who has now suffered his second stroke in his hockey career.
The first one occurred in 2014 and it forced him to miss more than two months.
“His condition is not believed to be career-threatening,” the Penguins said in a statement.
In addition, Letang has had a tough time with other injuries as well.
Throughout his career, he has suffered multiple concussions and broken bones.
Letang is coming off his best individual season in terms of scoring, registering 68 points in 78 games.
That helped earn the 35-year-old a six-year $36.6 million contract, which will take him past 40.
This year, he has 12 points in 21 games.
It’s unclear when he will return but you have to think the news is about as good as it gets after learning what happened just a week ago.
So far during the 2022-2023 season, the Penguins are 13-8-4 and sit fourth in the Metropolitan Division.
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