Kris Letang Out Indefinitely Following Stroke
Pittsburgh Penguins star defenseman Kris Letang has suffered a stroke, the team announced Wednesday.
Sadly, this is not the only time Letang has gone through this. In 2014, he suffered a stroke and missed two months of the season. It was revealed that the Letang has very small hole in the wall of his heart that never closed.
Despite this, the 35-year-old has put together an excellent NHL career that includes three Stanley Cups, two All-Star games and eight top-10 finishes for the Norris Trophy. The Quebec native was on pace for another fine season with 12 goals in 21 games for Pittsburgh.
What does this mean?
Needless to say, Letang’s absence is a massive loss for this Penguins blue line. Along with his consistently solid play, he is a leader and a member of the old guard that includes Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
In a very tight Metro Division, the make-or-break portion of the season has already arrived in Pittsburgh. They currently sit fourth in the division with 26 points. However, the Rangers, Panthers, Capitals, and Canadiens are hot on their heels with only three points separating the five teams for the final Wild Card spot.
The Penguins’ top-end talent will always give them a fighting chance in the standings, but the longer Letang is out, the more difficult it will get. They will now have to rely on the likes of Brian Dumoulin, Jeff Petry and Marcus Pettersson even more.
Everyone here at Vendetta is hoping Letang has a quick recovery and is on the ice as soon as possible.
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