PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have cleared veteran defenseman Chris Letang from the injured list, clearing the way for a match against Florida on Tuesday night.
Letang, 35, has been sidelined since suffering a lower body injury in extra time against Detroit on December 28.
It’s been a difficult season for Letang, who signed a six-year contract extension with the Penguins in the summer and has two goals and 14 assists in 29 appearances. Letang suffered his first stroke in eight years in November and he missed two weeks in December.
Pittsburgh hopes his return will be a boost. The Penguins, who reached the playoffs in 16 consecutive seasons, are the longest postseason streak in a major North American team in his sport, and his eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Joined on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, the Penguins placed defenseman Jan Rutta on the long-term injured list retroactively to Jan. 14 and Kasperi Kapanen on the injured list retroactively to Jan. 18.
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