Timing, it has been said, is everything, and Kris Letang's usually is pretty good.

Monday morning, though, it seemed a bit peculiar.

At best.

Late Saturday night, the NHL locked out its players when the league's collective bargaining agreement expired.

About 30 hours later, Letang made his first appearance of 2012 at one of the Penguins' informal, pre-training camp workouts, joining 13 teammates for drills and a scrimmage at Southpointe.