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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 (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

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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

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.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 08:58:00 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."
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 06:07:00 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.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 05:40:00 PM

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