The NHL trade deadline came and went Wednesday, and the day proved to be a mostly quiet one for the Carolina Hurricanes.

And a glum one.

The Hurricanes announced Wednesday morning that defenseman Joni Pitkanen would be sidelined 10 to 12 weeks after suffering a broken left heel bone in Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals. That takes another key player out of the lineup as the Canes attempt to end a 1-8-1 skid and remain in contention in the NHL’s Southeast Division.

The Canes made one trade Wednesday, sending forward Jussi Jokinen to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional 2013 draft pick. Carolina will receive a sixth- or seventh-round pick depending on how many games Jokinen plays for the Pens.

Jokinen was dealt to the Canes by Tampa Bay in February 2009 and helped Carolina reach the 2009 Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins. A popular player, the Finn scored some of the most memorable playoff goals in franchise history, including a last-second score that beat New Jersey and goaltender Martin Brodeur.