Friday, September 30, 2011

From the Pens official website today

On Kris Letang’s expectations:
Kris’ expectation is to play at a higher level, more consistently all year long. I think that you saw a different level from Kris for the first half of last year. You saw the mentions of a Norris candidate. You saw him get the honor of being an All-Star. The second half of the season wasn’t as high as the first half of the season for him. And really for Kris, he’s looking for that consistency in his game, game in and game out at that level.

On Letang’s chemistry with Joe Morrow:
You talk about partners and that’s a guy who makes it easy to for people play with and understanding what’s going on – on the ice. Some of that’s attributed to hockey sense, but in our case a lot of that is attributed to knowing what to do, where to go in the system. Kris knows that extremely well. The experience for Joe has been one of playing with a veteran guy, who’s talking to him on the ice, helping him out. It’s been one of an older veteran mentoring to a younger player. That’s what it’s been for Kris. He’s a young guy, but he’s also played a lot in the league. He’s played a lot for our team and he’s at that point where he’s that type of player for our younger players.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

TOWN HALL: Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, Jordan Staal and Sidney Crosby

Links to articles from the Pittsburgh Trib Live Search for Kris Letang

Old Article about Kris

New Penguins coach a 'big fan' of Letang

To blame second-year defenseman Kris Letang for the Penguins' 17-22-3 record since Dec. 3, 2008, is unfair.

Then again, Letang has registered a minus-10 rating over that span, including a minus-16 in the games the Penguins haven't won.

Still, if he is so deserving of a spot in the press box — the place from where a suit-wearing Letang has watched the past three games as a healthy scratch — why have several of general manager Ray Shero's NHL peers inquired about Letang's availability during trade talks?

"It's just, like, I don't know," Letang said Monday after the Penguins practiced at Southpointe. "I don't really know, actually."

Interim coach Dan Bylsma has said since Friday, a day after Letang was a healthy scratch for the first time this season, that he knows what Letang must provide to regain a lineup spot.

Consistent work toward improvement has proven Bylsma's mantra concerning Letang, and he reiterated that belief yesterday — though not before praising the highest scoring defenseman on the Penguins' current roster.

"I'm a real big fan of (his) talent and skill, what he can bring to this team, and I think he can be a really effective player in this league," Bylsma said of Letang, who has scored five goals and recorded 19 points in 58 games. "I don't think there's a bigger fan of Kris Letang than me in that regard."

Actually, Shero values Letang a lot — a point he made to Letang during a brief post-practice conversation yesterday.

In fact, Letang is among a group of players many opposing general managers believe Shero is unwilling to deal as the trade deadline approaches. Centers Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury join Letang in that class.

Through the team media relations staff, Shero said yesterday he and Bylsma are "on the same page" about Letang.

"It's just a matter of application and bringing the urgency every day, applying the advice (from coaches) and being able to apply that day in and day out," Bylsma said of Letang's current status.

"I think he completely knows what we expect and he made an effort to do that today in practice."

Letang left little doubt about that last part.

"Work harder," Letang said of the message Byslma delivered. "Obviously I can be a better player than I am right now. He wants me to ... be confident all the time when I go on the ice."

After Letang scored twice Feb. 6 in a home win against Columbus, Crosby said Letang has "never lacked confidence." That opinion is shared by many of Letang's teammates.

However, he has scored only 11 goals over 116 games the past two seasons -- hardly ideal output from a player touted as a right-handed sharp shooter with immense offensive upside. Letang, 21, tallied 52 goals in 171 junior games from 2004-07, and his professional progress limited his minor-league time to 10 games last season.

Letang opened last season at Wilkes-Barre Scranton, where Bylsma was an assistant coach.

Letang acknowledged yesterday a "good" relationship with Bylsma, whose preference for aggressive play Bylsma stopped short of agreeing was a perfect fit for Letang's skill.

Letang did not stop short — hence his confusion as to why he is not in the lineup.

"It's the perfect fit for me in his system," Letang said. "He wants us to be aggressive, jumping into the play — that's exactly my game. It's like (assistant) coach (Mike) Yeo told me, it's tailor-made for me."


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pens preseason game tonight

Number 3 Star of the night was Kris Letang he had 2 assists!!!


Kris Letang 2011-2012 Preseason pic spam

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Top 5 Norris Trophy Candidates

5. Kris Letang, Penguins
Kris Letang definitely took a big step in the right direction last season, exceeding his previous career-high in points by 17. Some may not see Letang as a legitimate Norris candidate; but if last year was any indication, the more Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin stay healthy, the more it will benefit Letang. (Without No. 87 and 71, Letang had 9 points and a -8 rating in 29 games. With the dynamic duo? Letang recorded 41 points and a +23 rating in 53 games.) Defensively, Letang has improved leaps and bounds from previous years. If Letang puts up 60-plus points, for example, why can’t he be in this discussion?


And thanks to "58 Reasons" for finding this little goodie !!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Kris being interviewed 9/21/11

Kris Letang figures to benefit with healthy cast


Kris Letang has a smile on his face. Evgeni Malkin is back and Sidney Crosby appears to be making significant strides in his recovery from concussion.

Letang was a monster with Malkin in the lineup and even moreso with a healthy Sid. At one point, Letang and Dustin Byfuglien were pretty much the frontrunners for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the best all-around defensive player. The Pens defender scored seven goals and 40 points in 45 games through Jan. 12, only to slump to 10 points (1 G, 9 A) in his final 37 contests.

ESPN fantasy hockey writer, Victoria Matash, must’ve used her crystal ball back in early April, ranking Letang first among the top 75 defensemen for the upcoming 2011-12 campaign. You can view her rankings here.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has promised change on the team’s power play. If anyone figures to benefit from these changes, it figures to be Letang.

Game Day Preseason Pens vs Red Wings 9/21/11

Kris Letang

On how he feels about going into the first pre-season game:
It’s quick, but we had the chance to have regular scrimmages and the Black and Gold Game, so everybody got a bit of good timing back. It will be a real good first test and a chance for the players.

On what it is going to feel like playing again:
When you don’t play for a long time like this, it’s about timing on the ice and where the players are standing. Your vision, your timing – everything needs to be there and ready for the season.

On the younger players:
It’s a training camp; everybody wants to make an impression. It’s important to go out there and play and not think too much.

On the game being against Detroit tonight:
They’re a great team every year. It’s a great organization, so it’s always fun to play against them.

On being considered one of the “older guys” at camp:
No, I don’t think so. I’m one of the youngest here. There’s new guys and guys who have been here 5, 6 years. I’m here to help and it’s fun playing with all these guys and it’s going to be a good time.

On working on and improving the power play:
It’s a new setup; we’ve got new players. I think playing tonight will work on everything we talked about. There are a lot of players to work on the penalty kill. There are some things that we would love to change and some things we have to work on.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Kris talking about Day 1 of Pens Training Camp (Source Pens website)

Kris Letang

On how he feels about the team
We have a good core, we have good young kids coming up. I think overall, we have good depth and we're looking for another good season.

On what Steve Sullivan can bring to the power play:
Obviously he's a fast skater, he's got quick hands, he's a good shooter, but I think his first quality is that he's really good with the puck. On the power play, he's been playing the point a lot in Nashville. I think he's got a good shot, he's a great play maker, he sees the ice really well.

On the competition on defense:
It's always like that at training camp. There's always guys that want to make the last one or two spots on the roster, but everybody is really good coming into training camp, everyone's in good shape, you could tell yesterday by the testing and on-ice tests. It's going to be a battle, there is a lot of guys, even up front they have a lot of competition.

On if things are more certain this year in the defensive pairings:
Last year, I played mostly with (Orpik) and Z and Pauly played together, but it's something that we'll see in training camp, if I play with Pauly and it goes pretty well, it might change the pairing. It's just a question of chemistry on the ice right now and getting back together and getting our timing back.

Kris at Training Camp in Pittsburgh, PA (Pittsburgh Penguins official site)

Pens Training Camp Day 1

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