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Joe Vitale | Winger | #97

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 205
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (195) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Joe Vitale will start the 2016-17 season on long-term injured reserve.
Johan Franzen and Tomas Jurco will be on LTIR as well for the Red Wings at the start of the year. Oct 11 - 5:09 PM

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The Detroit Red Wings have acquired Joe Vitale, the 20th pick, and the 53rd from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Pavel Datsyuk and the 16th overall pick.

For Detroit the big thing is shedding Datsyuk's contract as he'll come with a $7.5 million cap hit in 2016-17, but won't play. Vitale only played in one game in 2015-16 due to a concussion and it's not clear if he'll be okay for the start of next season.
Jun 24 - 9:18 PM

Joe Vitale is still experiencing concussion symptoms.

Vitale only played on Oct. 17 during the 2015-16 campaign. He'll have the whole summer to recover, but if he's still experiencing concussion symptoms at this point then we have no idea if he'll be ready for training camp. We wish him the best in his recovery process.
Apr 12 - 5:39 PM

Joe Vitale (concussion) will not return this season, according to GM Don Maloney.

"There's been no real measurable progress," said Maloney regarding Vitale's status. Vitale played in just one game with the Coyotes this season and it was back on Oct. 17. He has been sidelined concussion-related issues after he suffered a fractured orbital bone in a fight.
Feb 10 - 6:42 PM

Do not expect to see Joe Vitale (concussion) return anytime soon.

Vitale hasn't played since Oct. 17 because of his concussion and a fractured orbital bone. Consider him out indefinitely as it's not realistic to put any sort of firm timetable on a player that's dealing with a concussion.
Jan 20 - 12:06 PM

Joe Vitale, who suffered a fractured orbital bone, is also recovering from concussion-related issues according to GM Don Maloney.

Well, that's just terrible. As if having a fractured orbital bone wasn't bad enough. The 30-year-old winger has played in just one game this season.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 02:21:00 PM

Joe Vitale (fractured orbital bone) is still not practicing with the Coyotes.

Vitale suffered the injury in a fight with Boston's Kevan Miller on October 17 and has been on injured reserve ever since. "He’s not available for any activity yet," coach Dave Tippett said. Vitale is a bottom-six forward and as a result has little, if any, fantasy value.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 05:46:00 AM

Joe Vitale has a fractured orbital bone.

GM Don Maloney said the injury is expected to sideline Vitale for four-to-six weeks. He was placed on injured reserve earlier this week after he was hurt in a fight with Boston's Kevan Miller back on Oct. 17.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 04:02:00 PM

Joe Vitale (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve.

He suffered an upper-body injury Saturday against Boston when he engaged in a fight with Kevan Miller. Vitale was making his season debut in the match.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 06:37:00 PM

Joe Vitale (upper body) is expected to miss some games, but there's no timetable for him yet.

Vitale was hurt while fighting Boston's Kevan Miller during Saturday's game. He went to the hospital to have X-rays following the fight, but he was undergoing further testing on Sunday. He's not expected to travel with the Coyotes for their upcoming five-game road trip, which begins on Tuesday against New Jersey.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 08:18:00 AM

Joe Vitale suffered an upper body injury in the second period Saturday and did not return.

The injury happened during a fight with the Bruins Kevan Miller at the 4:35 mark of the second period as Vitale took a few punches to his face. Each player received a major but that was the end of the night for Vitale who went to hospital for x-rays. No word yet on the severity of the injury so consider him day-to-day for now. It was the first game of the season for Vitale who had been a healthy scratch previously.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 04:51:00 AM

Joe Vitale recorded an assist in a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers.

It was Vitale's first point since March 5. That gives him three goals and eight points in 61 contests in 2014-15. He does contribute in other ways though as he's recorded 96 hits and 59 blocked shots.
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 09:05:00 AM

Joe Vitale was made a late scratch on Tuesday night against the New York Islanders.

Vitale has had a nice season with six points, 30 PIMs, 73 hits, and winning almost half of his nearly 500 faceoffs in 49 games this season.
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 08:39:00 PM

Joe Vitale is back in the Coyotes lineup after a nine-game absence.

Vitale had been out with an upper-body injury. The depth forward has three goals and six points in 45 games this season.
Sat, Feb 14, 2015 07:42:00 PM

After missing nine games with an upper body injury, Joe Vitale could return to action on Saturday.

The bottom six forward has only three goals and six points in 45 games this season. Just an FYI as he should not be in your lineup.
Sat, Feb 14, 2015 07:41:00 AM

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RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Justin Abdelkader
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7Johan Franzen
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