Say this for Penguins defenseman Kris Letang: He might not have supreme travel sense, but he isn't lazy.

At the end of a whirlwind week that saw Letang spend four nights in Russia, the all-star defenseman arrived in Pittsburgh at 4 a.m. Friday and was attended a workout at Southpointe seven hours later.

"It's good to be back," he said.

He went to St. Petersburg, Russia, after signing a deal with the KHL team there. Of course, he never played a game because an NHL labor agreement was struck 48 hours later.

"The (KHL) deal was done a long time ago. It was just a question of timing," Letang said. "Even if the lockout was closer to an end, they asked me to come anyways and to check out the facility and the way they were managing the team. It was a good experience."

Although some of his teammates were amused that Letang was forced to return home after only a few days in Russia, the 25-year-old took it in stride.