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