And regarding the topic, it would seem that Petteri Nummelin will be Pitkänen's actual replacement. He's a LOT closer to Joni in playing style and offensive skills than Niemi (the defenseman). Assuming he has enough time to recover from his back problems that is...and no, I'm not making this up.
Should Nummelin be forced to skip, the next candidate would be Niinimaa but he's not healthy enough to play, either. Then there's Jere Karalahti - same story. Then there is....
He seriously is the best replacement we have left at this point.
This is in no way, shape, or form a suprise. Good to see him get some rest but I would have prefered him to stay out until it recovered. Why the hell does every player on the ice insist on rushing back?
It just makes me sick to see players turning down the olympics because of an injury and play 25 minutes the next night. Something is badly wrong here. In no other team sport would this happen. No other.