Found September 04, 2013 on
Pro Sports Daily:
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."
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from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
The apparent lack of progress with Joni Pitkanen’s shattered heel is awful news for the Carolina Hurricanes in so many ways. It’s hard to pick just one: The minutes he plays; the all-around role the defenseman can fill when at his best; the fact that the needless injury, suffered on a meaningless icing play, has the potential...
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes already had plenty of potential holes to fill on their roster. But now that veteran defenseman Joni Pitkanens status for this year is up in the air, defense has become the priority for Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford.
We have to keep an eye on how much cap room we have. So theres a little more priority for a defenseman, Rutherford said. Our...
The Hurricanes received some terrible, but unsurprising, news yesterday that defenseman Joni Pitkanen could miss the start of the year, as he has not fully recovered from a heel injury he sustained late last season. This isn't a shocker considering how gruesome the injury looked, but not having him in the lineup is a huge blow to the Hurricanes. Pitkanen typically plays more...