Help’s on the way: Letang, Bennett cleared for practices


The Pittsburgh Penguins had a weekend they’d rather forget after being swept by the Philadelphia Flyers in their home-and-home series, but the news is far from dire.

After the match, the Penguins revealed that forward Beau Bennett and defenseman Kris Letang have been given the green light to start fully participating in Penguins’ practices.

It wasn’t clear if Letang would be able to return this season after suffering a stroke on Jan. 29. Now it looks like he might rejoin the Penguins’ lineup in the near future, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe.

If he’s healthy enough to play, the Penguins could certainly use him. Pittsburgh has struggled to gain any traction in his absence as evidenced by its 7-5-2 record.

Bennett was regarded as a potential top-six forward going into this season, but he’s been limited to 12 games. The 22-year-old suffered a setback in late February in his efforts to return from a hand/wrist surgery.

Those are two of the prominent names on the Penguins’ lengthy injury list. They are also missing Paul Martin, Chris Kunitz, James Neal, Pascal Dupuis, and Tomas Vokoun.