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Olli Maatta Close To Returning After Removal Of Cancerous Tumor

via Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,

Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta rejoined the team for practice Thursday afternoon at the MCC Centre, just 10 days after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his thyroid gland.

“It was cancerous, but that was to be expected,” Maatta said. “It doesn’t change anything. That’s what it looked like before the surgery.”

Maatta took part in the majority of the drills at practice. While he’s eager to get back in the lineup, the team is being cautious.

“I want to come back (Friday),” Maatta said with a smile. “I have to make sure I’m 100 percent and can help the team win when I come back.”

Penguins head coach Mike Johnston expects Maatta to return sooner than later.

“If he reacts positive to the skate today and the doctors take a look at him over the next day or so,” Johnston said after practice, “he could be back in the next 5-6 days.”

“I didn’t do anything for 10 days because of the surgery, but I’m getting better every day. My body feels pretty good,” Maatta said.

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Successful Surgery For Olli Maatta Today

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta underwent successful surgery today to remove a tumor in his thyroid gland.

Team doctors had said it was possible that the tumor was a form of low-grade thyroid cancer. Results of pathology testing to determine whether the tumor was malignant will be available within 7-10 days.

“Even if it is found to be cancerous, we do not expect that he will need radiation or chemotherapy, and we anticipate a complete recovery,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “The surgery went well and Olli is resting comfortably.”

Maatta, 20, is expected to be able to return to the lineup within four weeks.

The surgery was performed by UPMC head and neck surgeon Dr. Robert Ferris.

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Olli Maatta On How He Feels After Announcing Surgery To Remove A Tumor

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

“Importantly for Olli, we don't expect this to affect his health in the long term,” Dr. Vyas said. “Secondarily, we expect him to do well from a hockey standpoint.”

Maatta spoke at the press conference and said he doesn't feel much different since learning of the mass during training camp physicals.

“I don't feel any different,” Maatta said. “Feel the same as I did before I found out. I don't think right now I feel any different than I did a year ago or anything. I feel healthy, and I feel fine.

“Only thing is different is now maybe I know I have cancer. You know what? It's tough news, but I don't think it has affected me much.”

He said there's about an 85 percent chance the mass is cancerous.

An ultrasound, DNA testing and a biopsy were all performed, Dr. Vyas said.

If there's something additional that Maatta needs to have done, that will come at the end of the season, Dr. Vyas said.

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Olli Maatta Will Have Surgery To Remove A Tumor On His Neck

via a Pittsburgh Penguins release.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is scheduled to undergo surgery next week to remove a tumor from his neck that could be a low-grade thyroid cancer.

“Olli will have surgery to remove the tumor,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “Even if it is found to be cancerous, we do not expect that he will need radiation or chemotherapy, and we anticipate a complete recovery. In all likelihood, Olli will go on to live a healthy life and this should not affect his ability to play hockey long-term.”

Maatta, 20, has been cleared to play until the time of the surgery.

Vyas said he will likely be able to return to the lineup within four weeks.

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Olli Maatta In The Calder Mix

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

It's not easy for a defenseman to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year. Just ask the Minnesota Wild's Jonas Brodin, who wasn't even a finalist last season.

However, what Olli Maatta and the Pittsburgh Penguins are doing right now, a six-game winning streak with a defensive group decimated by injury, is the kind of thing that sticks in the memories of voters who turn in Calder ballots after the season. Maatta has been unbelievable and the Penguins won again Thursday night, 5-2 over Brodin and the Wild. Maatta had a goal and an assist, and was a plus-3. He skated 21:46 and continues to establish himself as one of the game's best young defensemen.

The Calder race is shaping up to be even tougher than last season. Nathan MacKinnon is cutting into Tomas Hertl's early rookie scoring lead, Valeri Nichushkin of the Dallas Stars is charging back into the picture, and even the Tampa Bay Lightning's Tyler Johnson deserves mention for his efforts while Steven Stamkos is out.

But considering Maatta's age and position, it's hard to top the effort he is turning in right now.

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