The Winnipeg Jets are down another man.
- Head coach Paul Maurice said on Thursday that forward Mark Letestu will be shut down for at least six months — likely ending his season — after he was diagnosed with myocarditis.
- The heart virus is not life threatening and likely won’t be career threatening, but it will be at least six months before Letestu can get back to playing, noted Ken Wiebe of The Athletic.
- Letestu joins teammates Patrik Laine, Nathan Beaulieu and Maple Appleton on the IR, while Dustin Byfuglien is still suspended from the team on a technicality for not reporting to camp.
- He recently underwent ankle surgery that will sideline him for several months.
- It’s a tough break for a player who was just trying to keep his NHL career in tact after playing almost all of 2018-19 in the minor leagues.
- Letestu signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets at the start of free agency and has suited up seven times for them this season.
- Obviously everyone hopes that he can return, but a six-month layoff at this point in his career may spell the end of Letestu’s time in the NHL.
- The 34-year old is a great example of perseverance, working his way up from being an undrafted college free agent to a regular in the league.
- Over 567 regular season games he has scored 210 points, adding another 15 in his 36 postseason appearances.
- For the Jets, this just takes another one of their depth pieces off the board for the rest of the season.
- While Letestu wasn’t expected to make a huge contribution, it still means his experience won’t be available for the team if they run into other injury concerns.
Sources & Credits: Kyle Cantlon, Yahoo Sports, Ken Wiebe, Pro Hockey Rumors
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