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PensLog: Letang has lengthy workout, but does not join Malkin at #pens practice.


A quick update prior to the Penguins’ full practice at Consol Energy Center:

= D Kris Letang (lower body injury) skated with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar for 47 minutes. He focused mostly on testing his injury, including drills that featured lateral movement and backwards turns. Occasionally, Letang appeared to be in slight discomfort.

He donned full equipment for this skate.

Keep in mind his injury – presumed a groin – is one that teammates said is an aggravation of a previous trouble spot.

Letang met for about five minutes with Kadar and Penguins trainers while on the bench.

He did not return for the club’s practice.

His status going into Thursday was day-to-day. He did not practice with teammate.

= Center Evgeni Malkin (upper body injury) did not skate individually, as he did before an optional practice on Wednesday.

Malkin is practicing with teammates Thursday.

He remains hopeful of playing Friday at the New York Islanders.

= LW Matt Cooke is practicing, though he and trainer Chris Stewart had a brief chat before the session. He has been dealing with a lower-body injury, a presumed foot ailment. Cooke has played through it, though he has missed some practice time.

—     Rossi





Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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