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Jeff Skinner, Joni Pitkanen Out Indefinitely With Concussions

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The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday that top scorer and reigning Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner and top defenseman Joni Pitkanen are out indefinitely after being diagnosed with concussions.


The release from the team is after the jump.

Canes Update Injury Statuses of Skinner, Pitkanen

Both players out indefinitely with concussions

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Jeff Skinner has been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely. Rutherford also updated the status of defenseman Joni Pitkanen, who has also been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely.

Skinner, 19, currently leads the Hurricanes in goals (12) and points (24). He has missed the team’s last two games, marking the first games he has missed in his NHL career. Pitkanen, 28, leads all Hurricanes defensemen in points (12) and assists (9) and is tied for first among Carolina blueliners with three goals. He has missed the team’s last three games.