Hextall: Letang’s stroke ‘much less severe’ than previous one

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP. Pa. — It is not, Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall said, that he does not recognize the gravity of what Kris Letang is going through.

He clearly is aware that any stroke, even a relatively mild one like the kind that Letang suffered Monday, is serious.

Nonetheless, Hextall said Wednesday that Letang’s stroke is “much less severe” than one Letang suffered in 2014, when he was sidelined for several months. That issue was attributed to a small hole in his heart.

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The anecdotal evidence Hextall offered seemed to substantiate that.

He said that Letang was unaware that he had had another stroke, that he thought he simply was suffering from a persistent migraine.

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