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March 17, 2014 | 4:59pm ET
Letang cleared for practice

Barely seven weeks after suffering a stroke, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang took to the ice on Monday after being cleared to practice.

The 26-year-old has been out of the Pens lineup after the Jan. 29 stroke -- missing the past 14 games.

"He still has some other things to go through (before returning to game action)," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told the media upon news of Letang's return. "We knew that this was the six-week mark and there was a chance. He's been working out, he's been skating and doing quite a bit on his own."

Letang's stroke led to doctors to discover a small hole in his heart. He has since been taken off his blood thinner medication.

After practice on Monday, Letang told media there is no doubt that he plans to play this season.

Letang did not skate for four weeks after the stroke and didnít skate vigorously until this past week. There is currently no set take for his possible return.

A 2013 Norris Trophy finalist, Letang signed an eight-year, $58 million contract extension with Pittsburgh last summer. He has a total of 10 goals and 8 assists in 34 games this season.

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