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Video: Letang hospitalized after Doan hit (Update)


Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang immediately headed for the locker room following a painful hit by Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan on Saturday.

The latest update is a disturbing one: Letang is undergoing evaluations at a hospital and the team doesn’t anticipate more news until Sunday.

Here’s a look at the hit:

That moment is already generating plenty of debate about Doan’s hit. Some think it was quite late:

Doan was not penalized on the play. Steve Downie fought him later on in the period because of that check. As Shelly Anderson notes, there isn’t an update regarding Letang’s condition just yet.

Considering Letang’s history with concussions and other injuries, this is certainly a concern for a Penguins team that was just getting healthier.

Update: The Penguins won 3-2, but Letang did not return to the game.

Will Dave Tippett be back with Coyotes next season?

Dave Tippett

Two prominent NHL insiders have weighed in on the future of head coach Dave Tippett in Arizona, with neither sounding particularly bullish he’ll be back behind the Coyotes’ bench next season.

Writes ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun: “Does Dave Tippett stay with the Arizona Coyotes? He’s under contract for three more seasons and loves the Phoenix area where he’s built a home, but I don’t think he’s interested in a long, long rebuild. He needs to know that the plan is to win sooner rather than later. At least that’s my sense. If he somehow became free, he’d be in high demand. But perhaps he stays put.”

And here’s TSN’s Darren Dreger, today on TSN 1200 radio in Ottawa (audio): “The last time I spoke to someone close to Dave Tippett, which wasn’t that long ago, the message I got back was Dave and his wife are going to meet at the end of the season and they’re going to consider what’s best for their future. Now I don’t believe that anyone has come out and confirmed that Dave Tippett has an out in his contract. We know that he has term remaining on his contract. So until that happens it’s all very speculative, but if Dave Tippett and his wife are meeting, are going to discuss their future at the end of the year, that sounds to be like he’s got an out in his deal. If he has an out, I’d be surprised if he didn’t exercise it because I can’t imagine that Dave Tippett signed his contract extension again knowing that he was going to face a rebuild.”

Tippett signed a five-year contract extension in June of 2013. But that was before the Coyotes once again changed majority owners and embarked on an aggressive rebuild, with the understanding there’d be “some suffering involved” for the good of the long-term future.

In that way, Tippett’s situation is a lot like captain Shane Doan’s.

We’ll have to wait and see if either will be back next season.

Related: As Doan vents, Maloney says ‘we’re not in the Girl Scout business’

Doan: Arizona’s situation is ‘kind of embarrassing’

Montreal Canadiens v Arizona Coyotes

With just 12 games left in the season, the Arizona Coyotes find themselves sitting 28th in the NHL, tied on 50 points with Edmonton, just three up on last-place Buffalo and right in the thick of the McEichel Derby.

For the organization, there’s silver lining in the prospect of landing a generational talent like Conor McDavid or Jack Eichel at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

But for veteran captain Shane Doan, this year has been lousy.

“Obviously, it’s kind of embarrassing,” Doan said, per Mayor’s Manor. “As a player, it’s always tough. You never want to be stuck in this situation, but we are and we have to deal with it. The new guys coming in, they’ve played well. We’ve been in games; we just haven’t found ways to win, and that’s the name of it.

“It’s just disappointing. You just feel bad, we’ve been bad. There’s no way to get around it. We’ve been bad and we have to be better.”

Doan, 39, is one of a few holdovers from the team that went to the Western Conference Final just three years ago. Fellow vets Antoine Vermette, Zbynek Michalek and Keith Yandle were traded at this year’s deadline, the latest in an exodus that previously saw Radim Vrbata, Raffi Torres, Daymond Langkow, Ray Whitney and Rostislav Klesla all leave town.

The result? Arizona’s slumped steadily and hit rock bottom this season, especially over the last 16 games — the Coyotes are 1-14-1 and Doan’s one pace for one of the least productive seasons of his career (averaging .46 points per game, his lowest since ’97-98.)

Earlier this month, Doan expressed dismay about the direction Arizona was taking, saying a rebuild “was not my idea,” and “not my ideal situation.”

That was met with a rather sharp reply from GM Don Maloney.

“I get it, I understand it, but we’re not in the Girl Scout business,” Maloney said, per Arizona Sports. “We’re in the business of winning. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we’re getting paid.

“Shane’s a pro, he’ll get through it, he’ll understand it when he sees where this can take us.”

That back-and-forth reignited talks about Doan’s future in the desert. He’s in the third of a four-year, $21.2 million deal and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, leading many to speculate he could be on the move to a contender.

Doan didn’t say he wanted to be moved,  but didn’t rule it out either.

“I really haven’t thought too much about it, going forward,” he explained. “It’s one of those things – we have 14, 15 games to go. Every game you get to play in the NHL is pretty special. I don’t want to miss those games. I want to make sure I’m focused on them and enjoying the moment that we’re in; not getting caught up worrying about what’s going to happen in the future.

“When you get there, it will take care of itself.”