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by Paul on 09/05/13 at 08:20 AM ET
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 to be career-ending.
It’s a frightening set of circumstances for player and team alike.
While Pitkanen’s long-term prospects remain in question, the short-term prospects of the Hurricanes will unavoidably take a hit. If Thursday’s CT scan produces further bad news, the Hurricanes may have no choice but to pursue a replacement, which would mean money that should be spent on a forward could end up being spent on defense while any chance of trading the final year of Pitkanen’s $4.5 million contract evaporates.
“Especially with Joni’s situation, we have to keep our eyes on how much cap room we have,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. “There’s a little more priority for a defenseman.”
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