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Penguins place defenceman Kris Letang, goalie Tomas Vokoun on injured list just before season

Monday, 09.30.2013 / 10:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Penguins place defenceman Kris Letang, goalie Tomas Vokoun on injured list just before season

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed defenceman Kris Letang and goalie Tomas Vokoun on the injured list and sent forward Beau Bennett to the minors on Monday.

Letang will be out at least until Friday with what coach Dan Bylsma called a lower-body injury. The Norris Trophy finalist went down in practice last Friday and was re-evaluated in Pittsburgh on Monday. Vokoun is out indefinitely due to blood clots discovered in his pelvic region two weeks ago.

Bennett, who impressed Bylsma during the preseason, was sent to Wheeling of the ECHL. He will likely be recalled to Pittsburgh before the season opener against New Jersey on Thursday.

The Penguins assigned forward Andrew Ebbett and defenceman Simon Despres to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL and sent defenceman Derrick Pouliot to his junior team in the Western Hockey League.

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