Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Joni Pitkanen is out for the season after an injury suffered in Tuesday's loss to Washington.

General manager Jim Rutherford revealed Wednesday morning that Pitkanen suffered a broken heel bone and is expected to be out of commission for 10 to 12 weeks.

Pitkanen was hurt early in the second period when he raced down the ice while trying to beat an icing call and went hard into the boards with the Capitals' Troy Brouwer in pursuit of the puck.

He was on the ice in obvious pain and was taken off on a stretcher with his hands covering his face.

Pitkanen — who missed 14 games during the past two months with a lower body injury — has one goal and eight assists in 22 games.