Saturday April 11th, 2015

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is unlikely to play anymore this season, general manager Jim Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“Based on his present condition,” Rutherford told the newspaper, “it's not likely he'd return this year.”

A separate report from Dejan Kovacevic cited Rutherford as saying Letang would definitely not play again this season, even if Pittsburgh makes a deep run in the playoffs. 

• Jaromir Jagr becomes the fourth player in NHL history to record 1,800 points

At 42-27-12, Pittsburgh currently holds the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with one game remaining in the regular season. 

Letang suffered a concussion on Mar. 28 against Arizona when Coyotes' right-wing Shane Doan checked him in to the boards. 

In 69 games with the Penguins this season Letang scored 11 goals and 43 assists, both career highs. 

Pittsburgh is 1-4-1 during the six games Letang has missed. Letang has a history of concussions. 

- Will Green

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