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Penguins' Letang OK for contact

From ESPN - September 12, 2017

PITTSBURGH -- Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been cleared for contact before training camp opens Friday.

Letang, who underwent season-ending neck surgery on April 13 to repair a herniated disk, said he felt healthy Tuesday but continues to take his recovery one day at a time. He hopes to play when the defending Stanley Cup champions open their regular season against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 4.

"Health is pretty good," Letang said. "I have been working out all summer. I was restrained at the beginning, but I got the clearance to start running and skating around July 5. Pretty full summer. ... We will just start and go day by day. I got cleared to have contact and skate with the team. We will see how it goes the first few days and we will increase the workload."

Letang had five goals and 29 assists in 41 games while battling various injuries last season. Throughout that season, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he would like Letang to adjust his style and avoid unnecessary hits.

If it's up to Letang, nothing will change. He plans to average over 25 minutes per game again in 2017-18.

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