Sunday, November 6, 2011

What I've learned so far... by Penguins dman Kris Letang

Penguins Kris Letang - sharp dresser
ZZ Top were right. Every girl's crazy about a sharp dressed man.

Just ask center Jarret Stoll.

Most of his Kings' teammates have selected him as 'best dressed' guy in the room - although Brad Richardson disagrees. Regardless of who can lay claim to being the cat with the sharpest threads in LA though, based upon what I saw from the Penguins on Saturday morning, the title in Pittsburgh clearly belongs to Kris Letang.

And now that Scott Hannan has pulled a Metallica-like mistake and gone from long to short, Letang may also have the best hair in hockey.

Quick side note, can somebody please remind me to work up a 'Hannan cut his hair and his stats have never been the same' article when he and the Flames come to town next month, thanks.

Now that that's all behind us, let's see what Letang has learned so far this season. We chatted for a bit yesterday and here's what he had to say...

About Evgeni Malkin - "He's better with his English than he used to be."

About Matt Cooke - "He loves In-N-Out burgers. He's probably already been there twice today."

About Steve Sullivan - "He's old."

About Tyler Kennedy - "He loves to tweet.'

About James Neal - "He doesn't mind laughing about himself."

From playing against two members of the Kings for the last few seasons in the Eastern Conference, he's also familiar with Mike Richards and Simon Gagne.

On Richards - "He's a really good two-way player, he plays well offensively and defensively. He can throw his body around out there. He's always a threat for a defenseman."

On Gagne - "Another great player and a great acquisition for the Kings. He can score goals and is a big-time player, a playoff player. So, that was a good asset for them to get."

Finally, Letang offered up the following explanation as to why the Kings and Penguins have played each other so closely the last few years - "It's two similar teams, they both have a young core group. They have great defensemen and great forwards. LA's a young team, rebuilding at the same time as our rebuilding. So, it's kind of a little rivalry to see who has the best young players."

Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato was on MayorsManor prior to the game last night (link), as were Pittsburgh forwards James Neal and Steve Sullivan (linked here and here).

If you'd like to read more from the 'What I've learned so far...' series, please see the links below for interviews with several Kings players.

The Mayor


What I've learned so far... by Mike Richards - includes a warning for Dustin Penner

What I've learned so far... by Simon Gagne - what it means to be a captain

What I've learned so far... by Dustin Brown - responds to Westgarth's allegations

What I've learned so far... by Drew Doughty - on the ice and off the ice observations

What I've learned so far... by Kevin Westgarth - more good comedy from Westy

MayorsManor podcast - LA Kings players talk best/worst dressed and other funny topics

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