Sep. 12 3:18 PM PT4:18 PM MT5:18 PM CT6:18 PM ET22:18 GMT6:18 3:18 PM MST5:18 PM EST2:18 UAE (+1)18:18 ETNaN:� BRT - Letang has been cleared for contact before training camp opens Friday. Letang, who underwent season-ending neck surgery on April 13 to repair a herniated disc, said he felt healthy Tuesday but continues to take his recovery one day at a time. He hopes to play when the defending Stanley Cup champions open their regular season against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 4. Analysis: Letang had five goals and 29 assists in 41 games while battling various injuries last season. Throughout that season, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he would like Letang to adjust his style and avoid unnecessary hits. If it's up to Letang, nothing will change. He plans to average over 25 minutes per game again in 2017-18.