In a surprise press conference today at 1pm Penguins GM Jim Rutherford announced, with the help of team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, that Olli Maatta will undergo surgery to remove a tumor on his thyroid.
"I don't feel any different. I feel healthy. I feel fine. It's tough news. But it hasn't affected me much." These were Maatta's words while discussing his tumor, one that is described as having an 85% chance of being cancerous.
According to Rutherford and Dharmesh Maatta has known of his tumor for three weeks. He only told a handful of teammates and continued to play. Maatta's outlook is one that remains positive. "I feel fine. the only thing that's different is that now, maybe I have cancer."
The tumor will not keep him out of the lineup for long. He will continue to play in all three games this week while his surgery is scheduled for next week. The surgery will keep him out up to four weeks. He's expected to make a full recovery.
There are no plans for radiation or chemotherapy at this time. There are not expected to be any long term effects on Maatta's health.
To read the Penguins press release click here.