Ramblings: Updates on Letang, Thomas, and Laine; Hintz’s Extension; Petersen Waived; Cozens on a Heater – December 1

Michael Clifford

2022-12-01

Kris Letang missed Tuesday night's game for Pittsburgh with what the team said was an illness. He wasn't on the ice for practice on Wednesday and missing that kind of time with an illness made me think he had whatever is going on with Aleksander Barkov.

Unfortunately, it seems a lot more serious than that:

As the team said, there doesn't seem to be lasting effects here which is clearly good news. There will be a lot more tests and planning that need to be done before a return to the ice is even thinkable. Frank Seravalli reminded everyone that Letang also had a stroke back in 2014 and that forced him to miss over two months of the regular season. That situation does not mean the same will happen with this one, and GM Ron Hextall said this one was much less severe than the one back in 2014. It is scary to see this happen in a person that is still so young.

All the best to Letang, his family, and his friends as he recovers.

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Goaltending in the NHL can be very cruel. Cal Petersen posted a very quality .916 save percentage across three seasons over 50 starts and signed a three-year extension in the summer