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25 Joni Pitkanen D
Height/Weight: 6-3/220 | Birthdate: 9/19/1983 | Birthplace: Oulu, Finland | Team: Carolina Hurricanes | College: None | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $4,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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8/5/2014

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Joni Pitkanen

2014-15 Return Unlikely For Ex-Cane Pitkanen

News: Joni Pitkanen (heel) indicated in an interview with a Finnish news outlet that he's not confident he'll return to action during the 2014-15 campaign, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: A broken heel suffered in April 2013 has kept Joni Pitkanen off the ice for the last year and a half, putting the 30-year-old's career in jeopardy. The blueliner's three-year contract with the Hurricanes expired in the summer, and considering his bleak long-term health outlook, it's doubtful he signs with a team anytime soon.

6/30/2014

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Joni Pitkanen

Canes' Pitkanen (Heel) Still Dealing With Swelling

News: Joni Pitkanen (heel) is still unable to put his foot in a skate, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen missed the majority of the 2013-14 season after breaking his heel in April, and remains without a timetable for return. The injury could be career-threatening, but more details should be available closer to training camp.

3/13/2014

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Joni Pitkanen

Carolina's Pitkanen Remains Without Timetable

News: Joni Pitkanen (heel) remains without a return timetable.
Analysis: In a statement the defenseman issued Thursday, he noted that he is making progress in his rehab with the hope of resuming his career. Joni Pitkanen suffered a broken heel in a game last April vs. the Capitals and has been ruled out for the entire 2013-14 season. The club will see where he's at in his recovery during training camp, but it appears his career could be in jeopardy.

10/1/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

'Canes Place Pitkanen On Long-Term IR

News: Joni Pitkanen (heel) was placed on long-term injured reserve Tuesday, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: This should come as no surprise to fantasy owners, as it had already been announced that the oft-injured Joni Pitkanen will miss the entire season with a broken left heel bone. If you own him in a keeper format, keep your fingers crossed that he'll be good to go for next season.

9/11/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Hurricanes' Pitkanen (Heel) Out For Season

News: Joni Pitkanen (heel) is out for entire 2013-14 season, the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen suffered a broken left calcaneus bone in April and was initially expected to return after 10-12 weeks. His recovery hasn't gone as expected, so the veteran defenseman will miss his entire contract season. This is a huge loss for the Hurricanes as Pitkanen has scored 282 points in 535 career games.

9/5/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Canes' Pitkanen Undergoes CT Scan

News: Joni Pitkanen (heel) underwent a CT scan Thursday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen already won't be able to begin the season, and now the team is just waiting on the results of the CT scan to try to get a better idea of when he'll be able to return.

9/3/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Hurricanes' Pitkanen May Not Be Ready For Opener

News: GM Jim Rutherford says Joni Pitkanen, who suffered a broken left calcaneus bone (heel bone) in April, will not be able to begin the regular season, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen was expected to be out 10-12 weeks at the time, so apparently things are worse than initially expected. He's still a point producer at this stage of his career with 12 points in just 22 games last season, but injuries have really limited him the past two seasons, where he's skated just 52 regular season games combined.

4/17/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Canes' Pitkanen Expected To Be Ready For Camp

News: Joni Pitkanen (heel) is expected to be ready for training camp, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Joni Pitkanen's surgery Tuesday went well, and the defenseman should be ready for camp in the fall.

4/3/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Hurricanes' Pitkanen Out For Season

News: Joni Pitkanen is out 10-12 weeks after suffering a broken left calcaneus bone (heel bone) Tuesday, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Though Joni Pitkanen has just one goal and nine points in 22 games to date, he is averaging 22:49 worth of ice time per game, so his absence creates a void on the Carolina blue line that the acquisition of defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron on Tuesday only partially covers.

4/2/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Canes Lose Pitkanen

News: Joni Pitkanen left Tuesday night's loss to the Capitals in the second period due to an apparent lower leg injury, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen, who did not register a point in his 14:48 of ice time, hurt himself chasing a puck with Washington's Troy Brouwer. Coach Kirk Muller says the injury is to his ankle or heel, and it didn't sound good as he left the ice on a stretcher. The Hurricanes are already without Justin Faulk, so perhaps it's good they traded for Marc-Andre Bergeron on Tuesday.

3/16/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Canes Get Pitkanen Back

News: Joni Pitkanen (lower body) returned to action against Tampa Bay on Saturday night. He had three shots and three blocked shots in 20:06 worth of ice time. He was also minus-1.
Analysis: It's his first game since Mar. 2. Get him back into your lineup if you use him regularly.

3/9/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Hurricanes' Pitkanen (Lower Body) Making Progress

News: Joni Pitkanen (lower body) did some skating on his own Saturday but remains day-to-day, the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen's last full game was Feb. 12 against the Devils. He has played in just 13 contests this season and has a goal and five assists to his credit. When healthy, Pitkanen can be a fearsome force from the blue line, but it's always been hard for him to stay out of the trainer's room.

3/2/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Canes' Pitkanen Leaves With Lower Body Injury

News: Joni Pitkanen left Saturday's game against the Panthers with a lower-body injury and will not return, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Analysis: Saturday's game was Joni Pitkanen's first game back from a lower-body ailment that cost him more than two weeks. It seems he may have aggravated the injury.

3/2/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Canes' Pitkanen (Lower Body) Expected To Return Saturday

News: Joni Pitkanen (lower body) will return to the lineup Saturday, the Raleigh News and Observer's Chip Alexander reports.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen will skate for the first time since Feb. 12. He scored six points (one goal) in 12 games before suffering the lower-body injury that kept him out the past three weeks.

2/22/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Canes' Pitkanen Could Play Saturday

News: Joni Pitkanen (lower body) could be able to play on Saturday against the Lightning, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen was thought to possibly be able to play on Thursday but was held out of action. Check in before game-time to see if he is good to go for the Hurricanes' defense.

2/20/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Hurricanes' Pitkanen (Lower Body) Could Play Thursday

News: Coach Kirk Muller says that Joni Pitkanen (lower body) may be able to play in Thursday's game against the Jets, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen returned to the ice Wednesday and it appears he's making significant progress. More information will become available soon to determine whether or not he will be available for Thursday's game.

2/20/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Hurricanes' Pitkanen (Lower Body) Will Practice Wednesday

News: Joni Pitkanen (lower body) will practice Wednesday, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen, who is currently on the IR, has missed the past two games due to a lower body injury. He appears to be making progress by returning to the ice Wednesday.

2/19/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Hurricanes' Pitkanen Making Progress

News: Joni Pitkanen, who has missed two games with a lower-body injury, is nearing a return to action.
Analysis: To that end, coach Kirk Muller said Tuesday that he hopes Joni Pitkanen will be able to skate with the team on Wednesday.

2/19/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Canes Place Pitkanen On IR

News: The Hurricanes placed Joni Pitkanen (lower body) on IR on Monday, Beach Carolina Magazine reports.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen was placed on IR retroactive to Feb 12, so he will be eligible to return for Thursday's game against the Jets. The Canes called up Jeremy Welsh from AHL Charlotte to replace Pitkanen on the roster.

2/15/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Hurricanes' Pitkanen Out Through At Least Monday

News: Hurricanes coach Kirk Miller has already ruled Joni Pitkanen (lower body) out for Monday's game against Montreal, according to Chip Alexander of the Charlotte Observer.
Analysis: No injured reserve move has been made yet, but it must be somewhat serious if Joni Pitkanen - who was injured in Tuesday's game - has already been ruled out from a game three days from now.

2/14/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Hurricanes Hope To Get Pitkanen Back Monday

News: Coach Kirk Muller suggested Thursday that Joni Pitkanen (lower body) might be ready for Monday's game against Montreal, Raleigh News & Observer writer Chip Alexander reports.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen's injury leaves the Hurricanes a little thin on the blue line for Thursday's game against the Leafs, with Tim Gleason hurting as well.

2/13/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Hurricanes Lose Pitkanen

News: Joni Pitkanen left Tuesday's win over the Devils with a lower-body injury. Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said after the game that he did not know of the severity of Pitkanen's injury, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen was still able to register an assist in 15:07 worth of ice time, his sixth point in 12 games this season.

2/10/2013

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Joni Pitkanen

Hurricanes' Pitkanen Healthy, Playing Well

News: Joni Pitkanen is logging heavy minutes so far this season, and appears determined to make his previous injury-plagued NHL campaigns a thing of the past, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Through Thursday's games, Joni Pitkanen was third among NHL skaters with 32.8 shifts per game and 13th in average ice time with 25 minutes, 42 seconds per game. This is obviously great news for fantasy owners, considering he played just 30 games last season after suffering a concussion as well as undergoing knee surgery. Pitkanen's career high in points is 46, a level he's reached twice (2005-06 with the Flyers, and 2009-10 with the 'Canes). He has all the tools to get back to that level of production again, provided he can stay healthy. Keep him rolling.

4/7/2012

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Joni Pitkanen

Pitkanen Scores Lone Carolina Goal

News: Joni Pitkanen netted the Hurricanes' only goal in Saturday night's road loss to the Panthers. The score was his fifth on the season.
Analysis: The former fourth-overall draft selection missed significant time in 2011-12 with a knee injury that landed him on the injured reserve. When 100 percent healthy, the 28-year-old Finn makes for a serviceable fantasy option.

4/3/2012

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Joni Pitkanen

Carolina's Pitkanen Back On Scoresheet

News: Joni Pitkanen posted his first point in five games Tuesday, assisting on one of Carolina's two goals in a win over Ottawa.
Analysis: Joni Pitkanen has been quiet since a two-point night on his return from a concussion. Pitkanen has 15 points in 28 games and was on a good pace before the concussion derailed his season in early December. Remember his name in the late rounds of your drafts next season if you're seeking a reliable defenseman.