Kris Letang's goal in Game 6 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final clinched a fourth championship for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The talented but star-crossed defenseman will have a far different view as the Penguins try to defend their title when the playoffs start next week.
The three-time All-Star will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and is out 4 to 6 months, rendering him a spectator as Pittsburgh tries to become the first team in nearly 20 years to win back-to-back Cups.
"Right now it's pretty hard to swallow," Letang said Wednesday.
Letang last played on Feb. 21, but was working his way toward a return before the postseason begins...