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Olli Maatta | Defenseman

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (21) / 8/22/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 206
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Olli Maatta will be sidelined for three-to-four weeks due to an upper-body injury.
The Penguins announced that he has been released from the hospital after he spent the night there for observation. TSN's Darren Dreger reports that Maatta's injury is muscular and not structural. Nov 18 - 6:05 PM

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Olli Maatta suffered an upper-body injury Tuesday night and he is still at the hospital for observation.

He will be evaluated further later in the day, but the Penguins announced that the issue is not related to his previous injuries. Maatta was limited to 18 games last season because of a cancerous tumor on his thyroid gland that had to be removed, the mumps, and a shoulder injury. The kid just can't catch a break.
Nov 18 - 11:57 AM

Olli Maatta is expected to get more playing time in increments.

He has been playing alongside Kris Letang lately. The Penguins want to see Maatta return to the player he was before he underwent shoulder surgery. "He's trending, as we thought, and going in the right direction," said assistant coach Gary Agnew. "Is he where he was [before the surgery]? No, but he's going in the right direction."
Nov 16 - 4:17 PM

Olli Maatta had an assist in a 3-1 win against Washington Wednesday night.

Maatta has a goal and an assist in nine games this season. He's averaging a modest 16:41 minutes per contest this season compared to 18:29 minutes during his 29-point rookie season back in 2013-14.
Oct 29 - 11:18 AM

Olli Maatta has been sent down to the minors, but his stay is expected to be temporary.

The move was made to help the Penguins stay cap compliant for the start of the season. Maattaa doesn't have to clear waivers to be assigned to the AHL. He will likely be back with the team shortly and in the lineup for Thursday's opener.
Oct 6 - 3:56 PM

Olli Maatta is on schedule with his recovery from his shoulder surgery in January.

Maatta's goal is to be ready for the start of training camp. He's coming off of a terribly unlucky campaign that also involved him having a cancerous tumor on his thyroid gland removed and battle the mumps. He finished with a goal and nine points in 20 contests.
Jul 17 - 11:38 AM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) should resume skating in about two weeks.

With the Penguins eliminated from the playoffs, Maatta has plenty of time to recover before the start of training camp. He also had to get a cancerous tumor on his thyroid gland removed and was limited to 20 contests in 2014-15.
Apr 27 - 7:25 AM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Maatta's fate was reported earlier on Monday and the Penguins confirmed it Tuesday night. He will need to undergo his second shoulder surgery in just eight months. That's on top of the fact that he needed to have a cancerous tumor on his thyroid gland removed and suffered from the mumps this season.
Jan 14 - 9:34 AM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) is reportedly unlikely to return this season.

According to the Post-Gazette's source, it might be a few days before Maatta's status is made official. The Penguins defenseman has been limited to 20 games this season and hasn't played since Dec. 6. He's had terrible luck from a health perspective in 2014-15 as he also needed to have a cancerous tumor on his thyroid gland removed.
Jan 12 - 5:27 PM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) participated in an off-ice workout on Friday.

Maatta is apparently over the mumps but his return to the Pittsburgh lineup is "still a ways away" according to coach Mike Johnston. It was thought he would need about a month to return after being diagnosed after Christmas but that time frame could be optimistic.
Jan 10 - 11:15 AM

Olli Maatta does not need surgery on his injured shoulder.

That's the good news as Maatta will still need another month of rehab to return to the lineup. It's been a tough year physically for the young future star as he had a cancerous tumor removed earlier this season on his thyroid gland. Keep him reserved.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 10:20:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that defenseman Olli Maatta should return to action "within the next month."

He's been nursing an upper-body injury, which was a process that was exasperated by a case of mumps. He also had a cancerous tumor removed earlier this season, so 2014-15 has been trying for the young defenseman (to say the least). He generated nine points in 20 games this season, but hasn't been able to play since Dec. 6.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 12:50:00 PM

Olli Maatta, who was already dealing with a shoulder injury, has tested positive for the mumps.

Maatta wasn't believed to be close to returning to the Penguins' lineup, so this might not change a lot in terms of when he'll play next. Even still, it's hard not to feel for Maatta, who has gotten far more than his fair share of bad news this season. In addition to reinjuring his surgically-repaired shoulder and getting the mumps, he also had to have surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his thyroid gland.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:22:00 AM

Olli Maatta is sidelined with an undisclosed injury and now he's being tested for mumps as well.

He has been sidelined since Dec. 6 and was quarantined as a precaution on Wednesday because he was feeling sick.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 02:34:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins will likely be without defenseman Olli Maatta for "weeks" as they look for a second opinion from doctors.

That's not the most promising issue for a blueliner believed to have an upper-body injury. The 20-year-old has one goal and nine points in 20 games this season, generating 20:43 TOI per game, up more than two minutes from his rookie campaign. There's no update on Sidney Crosby, either.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 05:46:00 PM

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