For the first time since the big trade, Joni Pitkanen put on a Canes sweater today and took the ice with his new teammates at the RecZone.
Pitkanen, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound defenseman who came to Carolina in the deal that sent popular forward Erik Cole to Edmonton, said he arrived in Raleigh on Wednesday night. He said the reception from the other players today was "really good" and that he was eager to get started.
"It's exciting," Pitkanen said. "It was fun to play a little five-on-five game with the guys."
Pitkanen said he was "very happy and excited" when he first learned he was being dealt to the Hurricanes. He said the Canes' style of play and skilled players should fit his game.