It was announced on the team’s official webpage that Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang signed a deal to play with the Kontinental Hockey League‘s (KHL) SKA St. Petersburg. The agreement was made during the team’s game against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl today and several reports say the agreement is through the end of the lockout. He joins fellow NHL players, past and present, like Ilya Kovalchuk (of the New Jersey Devils) on SKA.
Letang, like a lot of players and hockey fans alike, obviously isn’t putting too much stock in the recent talks between the league and Players Association (NHLPA) to make him optimistic about the lockout ending. Why else would he make the decision to play in Russia this late in the game? Time is running out after all. The entire 2012-13 NHL season will likely be cancelled if an agreement is not reached between both sides by Jan. 11; and there aren’t many more days left for them to extend the deadline further as the number of games left to be played in the season is dwindling.
Letang joins fellow Penguins teammates Evgeni Malkin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk – KHL, Russia), Dustin Jeffrey (KHL Medvescak Zagreb, Croatia), Deryk Engelland (RIHK — Rosenborg Ishockeyklubb Elite, Norway) and Tanner Glass (HC ’05 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia) who are playing in Europe during the lockout.
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