Penguins defenseman Kris Letang to play in Russia
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will play for SKA Saint Petersburg of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.
Letang joins a roster that includes Ilya Kovalchuk, Vladimir Tarasenko and Sergei Bobrovsky.
The 25-year-old rearguard has emerged as one of the best offense defensemen in hockey over the last two seasons, racking up 92 points in 133 games while being named to consecutive All-Star teams.
He won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009, his second full NHL season.
Letang was drafted by the Penguins in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
He was already in Russia prior to news of his signing, as reported by Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “[Letang] is awaiting current NHL talks/fallout,” Rossi tweeted. “Wants to pounce on KHL opportunity if it comes to that.”