Lost in the flurry of activity in Pittsburgh over the weekend — the team fired head coach Mike Johnston and gave AHL coach Mike Sullivan the NHL job — was that the team announced they’ll be without defenseman Kris Letang for another two weeks.
It was a good news, bad news situation with Letang. It was determined that he does not have a concussion, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The bad news, of course, is that he’ll be out for two weeks with an upper-body injury.
Two weeks from Friedman’s report would put the team on the other side of the holiday break, when they have a back-to-back on the first day back from break. They face the Minnesota Wild on December 26, followed by a game against the Winnipeg Jets on the 27th.
LEtang’s injury was sustained on Wednesday, when the team beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on the road.
Any time without Letang hurts the Penguins and their thin defensive group.
Letang has one goal and 13 assists through 25 games this season.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.