Olli Maatta just can’t seem to catch a break. After surprising many and making the Pittsburgh Penguins as a teenager in 2013-14, he’s struggled to stay healthy. His run of bad luck continued earlier this week when he took a shove from Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter into an open bench door.
Here’s a look at the play.
He was kept in the hospital overnight following the incident, but was released yesterday. The team has announced that Maatta is expected to miss three or four weeks with the injury, though they haven’t gone into detail about precise nature of the problem.
Olli Maatta has been released from the hospital. He is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with an upper body injury. pic.twitter.com/31muXjbPMy
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 18, 2015
The good news for both Maatta and Penguins is that thee doesn’t appear to be any “structural” damage where he hit the open bench door. Despite the injury, Niederreiter won’t be suspended or fined for shoving Maatta. Jason Mackey of The Star-Tribune has the details about why the NHL decided to forgo suspending Niederreiter, but it boils down to this: the league felt that the hit and injury were of a coincidental nature, due to the bench door being opened and not the hit from behind.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, as there are a few different things worth considering. Firstly, who do you believe will step up for Maatta in wake of this latest injury? And secondly, do you agree with the NHL’s choice to not suspend Niederreiter? Sound off in the comments and let us know.
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