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Olli Maatta | Defenseman

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (20) / 8/22/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 206
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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. Nov 18 - 1:00 PM

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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.
Nov 17 - 3:31 PM

Olli Maatta (cancerous growth in neck) is expected back in the Pittsburgh lineup next week.

Maatta could be back in time for Tuesday's game against Montreal but if not, then it will be Friday against the Islanders. Maatta practiced with the Penguins on Thursday and Friday and will not require additional treatment after he had surgery in early November to remove the growth. It was thought that he would miss four weeks but Maatta will be back in less than three.
Nov 15 - 8:58 AM

Olli Maatta was on the ice Thursday at practice and afterward he revealed that the lump on his neck was cancerous.

He wasn't fazed by the news and won't require additional treatment. Coach Mike Johnston said Maatta could return to the lineup "within five days." Maatta is eager to get back in the lineup, as he was forced to miss time after undergoing surgery. "I feel good. I want to come back tomorrow. But I've got to take it easy at first," he said. "I want to make sure I'm 100 percent and can help the team when I come back."
Nov 13 - 6:07 PM

Olli Maatta (neck) was on the ice Tuesday morning.

Maatta had surgery a week ago to have a tumor removed from his thyroid gland. "He's an amazing individual," coach Mike Johnston said. "He wanted to get back on the [stationary] bike last week, three days into it. He was kept off the bike until [Monday], and he wanted to skate today. The doctors said it would be fine." Maatta hasn't resumed practicing with the Penguins yet, but that's the next step.
Nov 11 - 5:40 PM

Olli Maatta (neck) may resume skating later this week, according to coach Mike Johnston.

He underwent surgery last Tuesday to remove a tumor from his thyroid gland. Maatta's return to the lineup was slated to be four weeks.
Nov 10 - 1:06 PM

Olli Maatta won't be available for Tuesday's game against Minnesota because he'll be undergoing treatment.

He is getting ready for surgery to remove a tumor from his thyroid gland. Maatta is expected to miss four weeks after the procedure.
Nov 3 - 5:30 PM

Olli Maatta will be in the lineup for all three of Pittsburgh's home games this week.

He will undergo surgery next week to remove a tumor on his thyroid gland, but until that happens he is cleared to play. Maatta is expected to have a full recovery after the procedure and his recovery time is slated to be four weeks.
Oct 27 - 2:32 PM

Olli Maatta will have surgery next week to remove a tumor on his thyroid gland.

According to Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, there is an "85 percent chance" that the mass is cancerous, but Maatta won't require chemosurgery or radiation. He's expected to be sidelined for four weeks after the procedure, but he's cleared to play until it occurs.
Oct 27 - 1:41 PM

Olli Maatta has bounced back nicely from his offseason shoulder surgery.

"Anyone who has missed an extended period of time knows that it takes a while to get your timing, to get everything down — your conditioning, that kind of stuff," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "He doesn't even look like he's even missed three days. It's pretty impressive. He's given himself every opportunity to get back quickly, but even if you've worked really hard, it's not easy to come back and to be that good." Maatta has a goal and five points in seven games this season. He also averaged 20:12 minutes per contest. He's worth taking a chance on in standard leagues as he might surpass the 30-point mark.
Oct 27 - 9:40 AM

Olli Maatta proved once again he can hang with the big boys, notching three assists in the Penguin's opening night 6-4 win over the Ducks.

His first assist probably stretched the boundaries of a secondary assist, but the pass was lovely as he looked-off a defender so he could get it to Chris Kunitz. His other two were quite pretty, albeit one-timers into a gaping net. Maatta appears well on his way to a stellar season.
Oct 10 - 1:54 AM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) has been given the green light to play.

Maatta will consequently be in the Penguins' lineup for their opener on Thursday. He had nine goals and 29 points in 78 games in 2013-14.
Oct 8 - 1:12 PM

Defenseman Olli Maatta (shoulder) was finally cleared for contact on Saturday.

The defenseman underwent off-season shoulder surgery and was unable to play during the pre-season. "We pushed him harder than he's been pushed before as far as contact goes," coach Mike Johnston said. "He seems to be handling it really well, but (Sunday) morning our trainers will give us an update if there are any signs or symptoms that are of concern. If there aren't, we'll keep ramping it up. We'll see if he's cleared to play." Maatta did plenty of 'low-end battle-type drills' but his status for Thursday's opener is still up in the air. He will make a nice sixth defenseman in deep pools at this time as he should get 20-25 points this season.
Oct 5 - 10:15 AM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) has not been cleared to play and his status for the season opener on Thursday is up in the air.

Maatta did not play at all during the pre-season after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery. He had nine goals and 29 points in an outstanding rookie season. He will make a nice sixth defenseman in deep pools at this time as he should get 20-25 points this season.
Oct 4 - 9:26 AM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) won't play on Wednesday.

That means Maatta will have missed all of the Penguins' preseason contests. The good news is he's been practicing with the team. With that in mind, there's still a chance that he'll play in the Penguins' season opener.
Oct 1 - 9:03 AM

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C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Brandon Sutter
4Marcel Goc
5Zach Sill
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Beau Bennett
3Nick Spaling
4Blake Comeau
RW1Patric Hornqvist
2Pascal Dupuis
3Steve Downie
4Craig Adams
5Jayson Megna
D1Kris Letang
2Christian Ehrhoff
3Paul Martin
4Olli Maatta
5Rob Scuderi
6Simon Despres
7Robert Bortuzzo
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Thomas Greiss