Canes Pitkanen out for remainder of season
Posted April 3, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Joni Pitkanen, injured Tuesday night in a Carolina Hurricanes loss to the Washington Capitals, has a broken heel and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced Wednesday morning.
It is the second extended injury absence for the defenseman, 29, who returned March 15 from a month-long recovery from a lower-body injury. He has played just 22 games and has a single goal and eight assists on the season.
Pitkanen left Tuesday night's game with 1:57 left in the second period. He went hard into the boards trying to beat an icing call and was taken off the ice on a stretcher.
On Wednesday, team General Manager Jim Rutherford confirmed Pitkanen had broken his left heel. The estimated recovery period is 10 to 12 weeks.
The Canes, sitting third in the Southeast Division, have 13 games remained in the lockout-shortened season.