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‘Canes put Pitkanen on long-term injured reserve

Oct 1, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

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The Carolina Hurricanes continued to shuffle the roster deck on Tuesday, putting defenseman Joni Pitkanen on long-term injured reserve while placing fellow blueliner Matt Corrente on waivers.

Pitkanen, 30, will miss the entire 2013-14 campaign with the effects of a broken heel suffered late last season. While a blow to the team’s defensive corps, Carolina will get $4.5 million in salary cap relief by placing Pitkanen on LTIR, giving them nearly $5 million in wiggle room all told.

Corrente, 25, was surprisingly kept on the active roster yesterday while highly touted prospect Ryan Murphy was sent to AHL Charlotte. But now, as speculated on Monday, it appears that decision was simply a roster compliance transaction — Corrente is being placed on waivers for the purpose of reassignment to Charlotte, and Murphy is expected to be back with the ‘Canes soon.

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