Canes await results of Pitkanen CT scan

calexander@newsobserver.comSeptember 5, 2013 

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen underwent a CT scan Thursday in Raleigh for a broken left heel bone that has taken longer than expected to heal.

General manager Jim Rutherford said the team won’t have a prognosis on Pitkanen until Monday, when Pitkanen’s doctor is scheduled to return to the U.S. Rutherford said Tuesday that Pitkanen would miss training camp and may be unable to play when the regular season begins Oct. 4.

Pitkanen was injured April 2 in a game against Washington when he tumbled into the boards while attempting to force an icing call against the Caps, breaking the calcaneus bone in his heel. He was expected to be out 10-12 weeks.

Rutherford said the Canes did not learn until a week ago that Pitkanen was struggling with his rehabilitation and unable to put weight on the heel. The team believed Pitkanen was on schedule to be fully recovered in time for camp, which begins Sept. 11.

NOTE: The Hurricanes opened the Traverse City (Mich.) rookie tournament Thursday with a 4-3 win against the New York Rangers. Forwards Victor Rask, Sergey Tolchinsky, Brock McGinn and Zack Mitchell – a tournament invitee by Carolina – scored goals and Daniel Altshuller had 36 saves in net.

Elias Lindholm, the Canes’ first-round draft pick this year, did not play in the opener. Lindholm still is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the team’s prospects camp in July, but Rutherford said the Swedish forward might be in the lineup Sunday for Carolina’s third game in the event.

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