The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Wednesday that top defenseman Joni Pitkanen would miss the entire season, the result of a broken heel he suffered back on April 2. The move also should sideline Pitkanen for the 2014 Olympics where he likely would have been a key player for his native Finland.
Its unfortunate, Joni is a good player who was able to play a lot of minutes for us and he will be missed, Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told reporters in Raleigh, as reported by the News and Observer. Well now have to deal with it and move forward. Well explore all options and decide on how well proceed.
Dating from last April, the injury was expected to keep Pitkanen out 10-12 weeks. However, with training camp set to begin, he underwent an MRI in recent days. The team made the announcement on Wednesday, saying specifically that it is a broken left calcaneus bone.
In 22 games last season, Pitkanen, who will be 30 on Sept. 19, averaged 22:49 in time on ice per game, second o...