Kovacevic: If Letang’s ticked over ice time … that’s OK


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Kris Letang sizes up a shot Tuesday morning in Cranberry. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- There's 'Good Tanger' and 'Bad Tanger.'

People inside the Penguins' world know those terms a little too well, and I'm betting the full fanbase does, as well, after a decade of celebrating the best and cringing at the worst of Kris Letang. He's a high-risk, high-reward, high-value, high-cost performer, and it seems there's seldom much between the extremes.

Oh, and there's also 'Mad Tanger.'

This one's not commonly expressed -- I just made it up, to be honest -- but Mad has always been my Tanger of choice. And that's in large part because Mad has almost always led to Good.

So keep that in mind upon watching the video below when Letang was asked, after the players' informal skate/scrimmage Tuesday at the Lemieux Sports Complex, about Jim Rutherford's remark to our site earlier this summer that he'd be more effective if his ice time were cut by a handful of minutes:

"I mean, I don't have an opinion on that."

"If I play well, I play well. He'll put me on the ice."

"That's just how it's going to go, I guess."

Yeah, that's Mad. Couldn't even look up from under the bill of that dark ballcap.

Good. Let him be ticked off. He should be.

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