Monday, February 28, 2011

Kris and Marc Andre on the ice

Quotes about Letang by his teammates

Fellow Penguins defensemen weigh in on what they think is Kris Letang's greatest attribute:

Zbynek Michalek: "His poise. That's the thing I noticed right away when I came here. I don't think anything rattles that guy."

Deryk Engelland: "His skating and what a powerful skater he is. He's just a very powerful skater. It's just so hard to knock the guy off the puck."

Ben Lovejoy: "His skating. What an incredible skater. His ridiculous skating ability is the thing that sets him apart from other NHL players."


Article about Letang 2/28/11


Letang blossoms into building block

Alex Goligoski was traded to Dallas for many reasons, but Penguins general manager Ray Shero was able to orchestrate the move because of one man -- Kris Letang.

Letang has escalated his game this season from quality to something approaching stardom.

As his game blossomed, so did Shero's ability to maneuver.

"Certainly he's taken another step," Shero said after the Goligoski deal. "He was not at the level he is now."

Letang, a Norris Trophy candidate, has matured in all facets of his game. At 23, he has become a Penguins building block, joining Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Marc-Andre Fleury. His combination of dominant play in the offensive and defensive zones, thanks largely to his dynamic skating, is rare in the NHL.

Those who have observed Letang for years -- and others who had barely seen him play until this season -- are taken aback by his performance.

"But I'm not surprised," Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. "I played with Kris briefly at Wilkes-Barre, and you could just tell he was on another level."

Defenseman Zbynek Michalek only now is fully appreciating Letang's all-around game.

"I really didn't know too much about him before coming here," said Michalek, who signed with the Penguins after spending most of his career with Phoenix. "Now that I see him every day, I see what a great player he is. He's at the top of the league in defensive scoring for a reason."

Letang's 46 points in 64 games are tied for third among NHL defensemen. That despite playing so many games without Crosby and Malkin.

Washington coach Bruce Boudreau, generally not a Penguins fan, was complimentary after the Capitals' 1-0 win at Consol Energy Center hours after the Goligoski trade. Despite so many injured Penguins out of the lineup, Boudreau was impressed at how Letang's game has evolved.

"I thought that was the best game I've seen him play, ever," Boudreau said. "He did everything, rush the puck, held us in check, made great outlet passes. You can see his coming of age, and that offers a luxury of you being able to do other things."

Letang must play at least four weeks without his defense partner, the injured Brooks Orpik. He didn't appear rattled Saturday in Toronto, playing 32 minutes, 47 seconds and seamlessly controlling the tempo.

"There is a lot more pressure on him right now because of the trade," Michalek said. "But I don't think Kris is the kind of guy that will be bothered by it."

Coach Dan Bylsma has played Letang for more than 30 minutes in two of the past three games. Saturday's game, in particular, saw Letang get stronger with the additional minutes.

The Penguins are banking that added pressure on Letang will grow his confidence. With Letang one of their remaining healthy stars, the Penguins need it.

"I was surprised by the trade, but we were expecting a move," Letang said. "They have showed a lot of confidence in me."

Saturday, February 26, 2011

02/26/2011 - Max Talbot, Kris Letang, Marc-Andre Fleury

Penguins vs Maple Leafs 2-16-11

Old Article about Kris Letang


Letang's migraines one big headache
Pregame attack last week in Ottawa painful reminder of what can happen
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Most days, Penguins defenseman Kris Letang feels healthy and happy and normal.

Then there are those days, a handful of times a year, when he has to stop what he is doing, lie down in a dark room and try to sleep through the vision loss in his left eye, intense nausea and a severe headache.

Letang knows when he starts having impaired vision that he is at the onset of a migraine, but it is unnerving each time.

It happened Thursday about an hour before the game at Ottawa.

"He said he felt the symptoms. He knows when they're coming," Penguins trainer Chris Stewart recalled yesterday.

The vision problems and nausea that caused him to be violently ill subsided enough over about 20 minutes for Letang to join the pregame warmup. Despite recurring symptoms, he played 18 minutes, 18 seconds, getting an assist in the third period of a 6-5 shootout win against the Senators.

"It was kind of a big one," said Letang, 20, who has had migraines since he was about 12. "During the game, it came back because the lights were too bright for me."

Letang, who has played in five games since being recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, has been fine since the Ottawa game. He had an increased role in the 5-0 win Saturday against Atlanta after defenseman Sergei Gonchar left with a groin injury. After Gonchar left, Letang played the point on the top power-play unit. He logged 24:09 of ice time. There is no reason to think he will not be at full strength Friday when the Penguins play host to Dallas.

The episode last week was the second time he has had a migraine close to game time. He had one last season before a junior hockey all-star game, but it was not a severe one, and he played.

"It's still scary because they can [get worse] as I get older," Letang said. "When I was younger, they weren't that bad."

Letang's migraines typically last 25 to 30 minutes.

Various estimates and studies indicate as many as one in every four American households has someone who gets migraines, and it is believed many people who have them -- particularly men -- remain undiagnosed.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, now a Fox television analyst, has said he has had migraines for years but they were not diagnosed until after he retired from playing.

Migraines stem from a vascular problem, when blood vessels get constricted. They can be caused by vascular spasms after concussions or other injuries, but his appear to stem from heredity.

"My mom started having them when she was young," he said.

Symptoms can vary, and it is difficult to determine what triggers migraines. Letang said a doctor once told him exercise and increased heart rate can be a factor, but, as a high-level athlete, he regularly works out strenuously but can go as long as four months without one.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero said the club became aware that Letang was prone to migraines last season.

"But last week was the first time it became an issue because he almost couldn't play in a game," said Shero, who could not recall previously being in an organization with a player who dealt with migraines. "You just have to be on top of it. We just want to make sure he's OK."

Stewart, the first person players seek if they have a medical problem, has seen migraines in athletes before. His biggest concern would be if Letang develops vision problems while playing.

Penguins physicians likely will run tests to make sure there are no underlying problems and will monitor Letang to see if medications can help, Stewart said. Most migraine medications have to be taken at the earliest signs of an impending attack, and not everyone benefits from them.

"Sometimes neck massages help, but, if medication doesn't help, you just have to ride them out, get through the sickness," Stewart said. "Sometimes, they get nasty. It's one of the toughest things we deal with because there's not much you can do for him. You feel bad."

Letang has a standard procedure.

"Usually, I go to bed," he said. "I shut all the lights off and close all the shades and just go to sleep. If I wake up all the time during my migraine, I'm going to throw up."

Although his have gotten worse over the years, Letang hopes he outgrows them,.

"Nobody knows," he said.

Famous Migraineurs: Kris Letang

Famous Migraineurs: Kris Letang

Penguins vs Hurricanes 2-25-11

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Penguins vs Blackhawks 2-20-11

Penguins vs Blackhawks 2-20-11

Kris had 4 shots on goal in today's game against the Blackhawks!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Penguins vs Avalanche 2-17-11

Kris got two assists last night in the game against the Avalanche!!!!!!!
Go Tanger Go!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

More pics of Penguins vs Rangers 2-13-11

Penguins vs Rangers 2-13-11

Little Update on Kris about todays game against the Rangers 2-13-11

Defenseman Kris Letang said his left ankle, which is swollen, remains "pretty sore." He was slashed Friday by Islanders center John Tavares. "It was deliberate," Letang said. "He should have got (a major) penalty."


Kris Letang and an Islander player get into a scuffle

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yes its Eric Goddard interview but 30 seconds in you see Kris with no hat on!!!

Pens practice in Central Park NYC 2-12-11

Another Letang pic from NYC practice 2-12-11

From the Penguins website from today's practice in NYC

Why is Letang "58"?


And I found the link again on "58 Reasons" on Facebook.

Something different

If rookie defenseman Kris Letang's No. 58 looks odd, well, that is kind of the point. He is the only player in the NHL wearing the number.

"When I was in junior hockey (with Val d'Or), I had to pick a number. There was no No. 58s, so I took it," Letang said. "I was the only guy in the (league) that had that number. It was something different."

Letang, who recorded his first career assist in the Penguins' victory at Ottawa on Thursday, insisted he did not choose his number because he planned to make it famous.

"It was not about making my own mark," Letang said. "It just seemed to fit, and then I had success with it" -- 52 goals in three junior seasons -- "so I kept it."

02/11/2011 - Kris Letang postgame

Letang scores against the Islanders 2-11-11

Friday, February 11, 2011

Kris Letang quote

"Obviously if people think I should have that (Norris Trophy), I'm going to keep working hard and try to win it ... Right now it's not my priority, but it is a little motivation. It would be fun, but at the same time I don't really want to think about it. I have to focus and make sure I do the things right." Kris Letang

Penguins vs Islanders 2-11-11

Tanger screenshot of the Pens/Isles game 2-11-11


Kris got a goal and an assist tonight plus 12 penalty minutes in a chaotic game against the Islanders.

Recent pics of Kris Letang being and awesome Defenseman 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Defensemen having breakthrough seasons

Kris Letang, 23, Pittsburgh Penguins: Much improved offensively and defensively, Letang has moved into Norris Trophy contention with his multidimensional style. He is creative enough that coach Dan Bylsma uses him in the shootout. He is also a dependable one-on-one defensive player.


And I found the link on "58 Reasons" on facebook. Thanks guys!!! :)

Penguins vs Blue Jackets 2-8-11


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