Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/5/14

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 23: Joni Pitkanen #25 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against of the Philadelphia Flyers on January 23, 2010 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Hurricanes 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Canes likely will be without defenseman Joni Pitkanen when the upcoming season begins. General manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday that Pitkanen who suffered a broken heel bone in April needs more recovery time and will not be ready when preseason training camp begins Sept. 11. Pitkanen will have a CT scan in Raleigh on Thursday Rutherford said. "We'll look at what our options are for a possible replacement for Joni if he's out a long time" Rutherford said. "We don't know how long it's going to be that he'll be out. Will it be a couple of weeks a month a half a year a whole year? I don't know. ... But I'm getting prepared for the worst at this point. "People have a lot of views about Joni but the fact of the matter is he played a lot of minutes. You take a guy out of the lineup that played that many minutes you really have to look at your defense. What (Canes coach) Kirk (Muller) may have to do is balance it our more." Rutherford said in July that he had communicated with P...
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