Monday, January 3, 2011

Coffey praises Letang

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With his playing days over, former Penguin defenseman Paul Coffey coaches hockey for his sons, Blake, 12, and Christian, 7. His coaching job was easy Saturday morning.

Taking in the Penguins' morning skate at Consol Energy Center, Coffey turned to Blake, pointed to Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and said, "Watch him."

"He's got it all," said Coffey, in town to play in the alumni game and watch the Winter Classic. "He's a tough kid, which is good. Very, very mobile. He's got a great shot, and he's got a good head. Those are four pretty good things to have in today's game."

Letang was flattered to hear about Coffey's praise.

"Especially coming from a Hall of Famer like that," Letang said. "I grew up watching him play, and I've always been amazed by him -- the way he skated and how smart he was on the ice."

Coffey ranks second all time among NHL defensemen in goals, assists and points. Letang is having his best offensive season of his career. Through the Penguins' first 40 games this season, Letang has 33 points, tying his career best for a season.

After a couple years learning his position and the Penguins' system, Letang said he is now better able to assert himself offensively.

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