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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - September 12th, 2013

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Dustin Bradford

Bad news for Carolina.

Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Joni Pitkanen will miss the upcoming season as he continues to recover from a broken left heel suffered late last season.

The 29-year-old Pitkanen missed the final 13 games of the 2012-13 season with the injury, which occurred in April in a game against Washington when he raced down the ice in an attempt to beat an icing call.

As players arrived for the start of NHL training camps, the bigger focus was on those who didn’t report.

In St. Louis it was defenceman Alex Pietrangelo, in Toronto defenceman Cody Franson, in Ottawa defenceman Jared Cowen, in New York centre Derek Stepan and in Buffalo centre Cody Hodgson, all restricted free agents without contracts. Those players aren’t holdouts but nevertheless their absences were noticeable.

“Talks between the Blues and Alex’s camp have broken off for now and Alex will not be reporting for our camp today,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a team statement Wednesday morning.

If you are going to the Pepsi Center soon, expect to go through a metal detector.

The managers of the Pepsi Center in Denver are installing permanent metal detectors to boost security at major sports and entertainment events.

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment says all patrons entering the multipurpose arena will be required to undergo a security check beginning later this month.