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Joni Pitkanen | Defenseman

Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/19/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
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Joni Pitkanen (heel) didn't sound optimistic about his chances of playing this coming season
In a translated piece, he told Finnish news outlet Kaleva: "Made some progress, but day by day we go. Really is still a long way that I could play at all." He was asked if he had been on skates and responded with "I'm not." Carolina GM Ron Francis said in late June that Pitkanen was unable to put his foot in a skate. He hasn't been able to play since April 2, 2013 because of a broken heel bone. Aug 5 - 12:08 PM

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Joni Pitkanen (broken heel) still can't put his foot in his skate.

GM Ron Francis revealed the troubling news after he spoke with Pitkanen's agent. He hasn't played since April 2, 2013 because of a broken left calcaneus.
Jun 30 - 3:08 PM

Joni Pitkanen (broken heel) isn't sure when he'll be able to play again.

Pitkanen, 30, hasn't played since April 2, 2013 and has long since been ruled out for the 2013-14 campaign. "I've been working with Raleigh Orthopaedic throughout this season with the hope of returning to play hockey," Pitkanen sad. "There is no timetable as of now, but I've been making progress with my rehab and it remains my goal to resume my professional hockey career. It's been frustrating to be away from the ice, but I want to thank all of the people who have expressed support throughout the season." He's a great offensive defenseman when he's healthy, but Pitkanen hasn't played in at least 70 games in a season since 2010-11.
Mar 14 - 9:35 AM

Joni Pitkanen is officially on the long-term injured reserve list.

This move isn't surprising, given that Pitkanen is expected to miss the entire season due to a broken left calcaneus. He's got plenty of fantasy value when he's healthy, but it's been a while since he played in the majority of an NHL season.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Joni Pitkanen should be placed on the long-term injured reserve list on Tuesday.

That will give the Hurricanes a bit of breathing room when it comes to the cap ceiling. Pitkanen is expected to miss the 2013-14 campaign because of a broken left calcaneus.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 08:22:00 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes were caught off guard by the severity of Joni Pitkanen's injury.

Pitkanen broke his left calcaneus on April 2 and will miss the entire 2013-14 campaign. "We were taken a little by surprise, three weeks before training camp, to learn that it was not progressing better than it was," Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said. "I suspect Joni was hoping it would get better and that he could begin putting more weight on it. But the stability was not there." Carolina is expected to explore trade and free agent options to help fill the void.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 08:11:00 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes will be without Joni Pitkanen (heel) for the entire 2013-14 campaign.

Pitkanen has a broken left calcaneus. This is a devastating blow both to Pitkanen and the Carolina Hurricanes. For Pitkanen, this means that he'll miss the final season of his contract. He'll presumably enter the free agent market after having played in just 52 games over the last three seasons, which will make him a high-risk signing for any team. For Carolina, this removes one of their best defensemen from the equation. This might be an opportunity for Ryan Murphy, but Carolina is also likely to explore their options on the trade and free agent fronts.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 02:27:00 PM

Joni Pitkanen had a CT scan on his on his heel Thursday, but the Hurricanes won't have a prognosis until Monday.

He isn't expected to be available during training camp and Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said that Pitkanen could miss the beginning of the season as well. The team didn't know that Pitkanen was struggling with his rehabilitation, from a broken left heel bone, until a week ago. He is unable to put weight on it.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 06:47:00 AM

Joni Pitkanen may not be ready for the start of the regular season, according to Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford.

He is scheduled to have a CT test Thursday in Raleigh. Pitkanen underwent a procedure on his broken heel bone in mid-April. In 22 outings last year, he posted nine points. "We'll look at what our options are for a possible replacement for Joni, if he's out a long time," Rutherford said. "We don't know how long it's going to be that he'll be out. Will it be a couple of weeks, a month, a half a year, a whole year? I don't know."
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 03:36:00 PM

Joni Pitkanen (heel surgery) is progressing well in his rehab and is optimistic about his recovery.

Pitkanen underwent the procedure during in mid-April. GM Jim Rutherford says the mobile defenseman is on schedule and it appears he'll be able to participate in training camp on some level. That said, this is an injury worth monitoring considering Pitkanen's skating ability is a huge part of his game. We'll be watching to see how he's recovering in camp before setting a draft value.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 09:49:00 AM

Joni Pitkanen's procedure on his broken heel bone was apparently successful, according to Carolina GM Jim Rutherford.

It was reported that the success of the surgery may not be known for a few months, but Rutherford has heard that it went well. Pitkanen is projected to be ready to go next fall for training camp.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Joni Pitkanen underwent surgery on Tuesday for his broken heel bone.

Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said they won't know for few months whether or not the procedure was successful. Pitkanen hasn't played since crashing into the end boards on a delayed icing call on April 2. The original timetable for his return was set at 10 to 12 weeks.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 01:51:00 PM

Joni Pitkanen is slated to miss 10 to 12 weeks with a broken left heel bone.

Pitkanen was injured late in the second period when he attempted to touch the puck on an icing call against the Washington Capitals. His season comes to an end with nine points in just 22 games.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 11:10:00 AM

According to Darren Dreger, Joni Pitkanen, who left Tuesday's game versus the Capitals, will be out three months after sustaining an ankle injury.

The injury ends Pitkanen's season. He was hurt when he collided with the boards after chasing down a delayed icing call. The 29-year-old defenseman has struggled to stay on the ice this season, suiting up in just 22 games. However, he will certainly be missed as he's a big part of the Hurricanes' blueline. Fantasy owners should search the waiver wire for a replacement.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 12:03:00 AM

Joni Pitkanen exited Tuesday's match versus Washington on a stretcher after getting injured on a delayed icing call.

The Carolina defenseman raced back to touch the puck with Capitals forward Troy Brouwer in pursuit and he collided heavily with the end boards. He appeared to injure his leg on the play. Stay tuned for further details.
Source: NHL.com
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 09:28:00 PM

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