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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 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

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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

Olli Maatta won't play Monday because of an undisclosed injury.

He was hurt in Saturday's game against Ottawa and didn't travel with the team. Robert Bortuzzo will take his place in the lineup.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 12:38:00 PM

Olli Maatta has been struggling with his game on the ice since returning to the lineup after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his thyroid gland.

This should have been expected as the recently turned 20-year-old has had a lot to deal with over the last six weeks and it's not easy to stop and re-start playing in the NHL, especially in your second season. "Obviously, I can play better," said Maatta. "Physically, I feel fine but game-wise, I don’t feel like I’m there yet. I know I can get better." Maatta has a goal and eight points in 19 games after a 10 goal, 29 point performance last season.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 09:07:00 AM

Olli Maatta (neck surgery) is ready to return to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup.

It was just two weeks ago that Maatta had an operation to remove a cancerous growth on his thyroid gland. "I feel normal," Maatta said. "I feel like I did two weeks ago, two months ago, a year ago." He's not expected to require chemotherapy.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 01:00:00 PM

Olli Maatta (neck surgery) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

Maatta had surgery on Nov. 4 to remove a cancerous growth on his thyroid gland. "I'm feeling good, I am," Maatta said. "But we've got to (wait and) see until after tomorrow morning’s skate, how I'm feeling after that. And then make some decisions after." He's eager to get into his first game since Nov. 1.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 03:31:00 PM

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