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Fallout from Pitkanen injury

It's a huge loss for the Carolina Hurricanes. As discussed by Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer, defenseman Joni Pitkanen is expected to be out 10 to 12 weeks after suffering a broken left heel bone in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. How this affects the Hurricanes' trade strategy is the big question. Pitkanen's injury leaves the club with seven healthy defensemen: Tim Gleason, Joe Corvo, Jay Harrison, Bobby Sanguinetti, Jamie McBain, Brett Bellemore, and Marc-Andre Bergeron, fresh via trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, TSN's Bob McKenzie insists McBain could still be dealt.