Lost in the Olympics build-up and the Penguins' normal schedule has been Kris Letang's absence from the lineup. It didn't seem like a big deal. Maybe he had the flu or an upper-body injury.
But all of a sudden, something seems really wrong.
– Letang hasn't played since January 27th against Buffalo. He played 22:05 that night and showed no signs of being hurt.
– 1/30 – Scratched against the Kings. Shelly Anderson in her game recap noted Bylsma saying Letang is ill. [ PG ]
– 2/1 – Letang misses the game against the Coyotes and is said to be sick.
– 2/3 – Bylsma is quoted here in the Sporting News:
Letang will not play Monday night against the Ottawa Senators. He missed Pittsburgh's games last week against the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes and will be evaluated further, coach Dan Bylsma said. Asked whether it's a long-term or serious issue, Bylsma said it was "uncertain."
– 2/6 – The Penguins announce on Twitter that no more updates will be given:
No update on Kris Letang until further info is available, per #Pens coach Bylsma
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 6, 2014
And here comes this bomb from Rob Rossi via the Trib:
Kris Letang's mystery illness is not believed life threatening, but the Penguins are not sure when he will play again this season, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review.
The team planned to update Letang's condition Friday.
There were concerns last week that Letang's season — if not his career — could be in jeopardy because of the illness, the sources said.
Not a lot uis known at this point, but whatever this mystery illness is, it seems very odd. The timing also seems off. Why announce a major illness, or whatever it is, right before business is basically shut down tomorrow? Stay tuned because this seems extremely concerning.