|Assets:||Has a motor that doesn't quit, defensive acumen, face-off skills and plenty of agitating qualities. Produces good numbers at lower levels. Is a true pest to play against. Hits anything that moves.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't own a lot of natural goal-scoring ability, and is also somewhat undersized for his rough-and-tumble style. Also, he will take a bad penalty from time to time--mostly due to excessive exuberance.|
|Career Potential:||Agitating, defensive energy forward.|
|HE||Best Defensive Forward||2008-09|
|HE||Second All-Star Team||2007-08|
|7/01/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Arizona Coyotes to a three-year contract.|
|4/16/2014||Missed the last 13 regular season games (upper body injury).|
|4/09/2014||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|3/21/2014||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/27/2014||Missed 12 games (wrist injury).|
|1/14/2014||Wrist injury, injured reserve.|
|1/11/2014||Wrist injury, day-to-day.|
|4/30/2013||Missed the last 2 regular season games (lower body injury).|
|4/25/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/30/2012||Missed 7 games (shoulder injury).|
|3/18/2012||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|2/03/2012||Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a two-year contract extension.|
|2/27/2011||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|2/10/2011||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|9/29/2010||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|1/28/2010||Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a two-year contract extension.|
|9/23/2009||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|4/03/2009||Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a one-year entry-level contract.|
|4/02/2009||Signed by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).|
|7/01/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Arizona Coyotes.|
|7/30/2005||Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 7th round (195th overall) in 2005.|
Joe Vitale not taking security for granted | 07/05/2014 9:22 AM
NewsJoe Vitale was used to one or two-year deals during his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins so after landing a three-year contract worth $3.35 million Tuesday from the Coyotes, increased stability is a welcome change but not something the center will be taking for granted.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
Impact"You can't get away from things," he said. "Things happen quick, and you have to be on your toes. If Pittsburgh taught me anything, it's about show up every day, show up every year with a job to lose. So you just gotta prepare accordingly. So with three years, my approach isn't going to be to sit back and relax. I'll continue to bring that not satisfied mentality throughout the three years." In 53 games with Pittsburgh last season, Vitale scored one goal and had 13 assists.
Joe Vitale, Coyotes agree to three-year deal | 07/01/2014 1:01 PM
NewsJoe Vitale has signed a three-year, $3.51 million deal with the Arizona Coyotes.
Chris Johnston on Twitter
ImpactVitale scored a goal and 14 points in 53 games in 2013-14. He'll serve as a bottom-six forward with Arizona.
No talks between Pens and UFA Joe Vitale | 06/24/2014 12:25 PM
NewsJoe Vitale and the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't had any contract talks, according to agent Allain Roy.
ImpactHe's eligible for unrestricted free agency next month. Vitale is physical and good on faceoffs, but he's a fourth-line player and he doesn't have any fantasy value.
Joe Vitale returns to Pittsburgh lineup | 05/02/2014 7:35 PM
NewsJoe Vitale returned to the lineup for Game 1 against the Rangers on Friday night.
ImpactVitale left the Pens' Game 6 win over Columbus after a knee-to-knee hit that left him lying on the ice for several minutes. The 28 year old had a goal and 14 points in 53 regular season games.
Joe Vitale is a possibility for round opener | 04/30/2014 1:32 PM
NewsJoe Vitale (knee) might be available for the start of the second round.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactVitale left Monday's game due to a knee-on-knee hit. "It was a scare," Vitale said. "I'm taking it 1 day at a time. I woke today and felt good enough to skate, felt good out there." He has no points in six playoff games.
Joe Vitale sustains a knee injury | 04/29/2014 10:39 AM
NewsJoe Vitale suffered a knee injury during a knee-on-knee collision with Columbus' Blake Comeau on Monday.
ImpactVitale left the contest and wasn't able to return. He doesn't do much offensively, but the Penguins could certainly use his defensive contributions in the second round. There was no update on the severity of his injury after the game.
Joe Vitale skates on Sunday | 03/31/2014 10:14 AM
NewsJoe Vitale skated on Sunday but is still 'week-to-week' with a middle body injury.
ImpactVitale was injured 10 days ago. He has 14 points and 29 penalty minutes in 53 games.
Joe Vitale out with an upper-body injury | 03/21/2014 1:52 PM
NewsJoe Vitale is dealing with an upper-body injury.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactVitale will miss Pittsburgh's games on Saturday and Sunday as a result. He has 14 points and 29 penalty minutes in 53 contests this season.
| 02/28/2014 1:45 AM
NewsJoe Vitale was activated from the IL on Thursday February 27.
Joe Vitale (wrist) skates on Sunday | 02/24/2014 8:29 AM
NewsJoe Vitale skated for the first time with his teammates on Sunday since he injured his wrist on January 11.
ImpactVitale said he was out of shape and it's likely he will not be in the Pittsburgh lineup when the Penguins play on Thursday. He should return next week barring any setback. He has only a goal and 13 points in 44 games so he is not a viable fantasy pick in traditional pools.
Joe Vitale (wrist) is out for three weeks | 01/14/2014 10:22 AM
NewsJoe Vitale (wrist) is expected to miss the next three weeks.
ImpactVitale sustained the injury during Friday's contest. He has a goal and 13 points in 44 games this season.
Joe Vitale sits out with a wrist injury | 01/12/2014 9:49 AM
NewsJoe Vitale missed Saturday's game with a wrist injury.
ImpactVitale suffered the injury Friday against the Oilers in Edmonton. He has a goal and 13 points in 44 games this season. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Joe Vitale skates with Crosby and Kunitz | 12/27/2013 1:11 PM
NewsJoe Vitale skated with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz during Friday's morning skate.
Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
ImpactThe Penguins have been hit hard by the injury bug, so Vitale could get a shot to open Friday's contest on the top line. He has one goal and 10 assists in 37 games this campaign, while averaging 10:43 of ice time. Vitale could be worth keeping an eye as a short-term fix, but this could be a revolving door-type situation where a number of wingers get tried out until players get healthy.
Joe Vitale scores first of the season | 12/01/2013 8:20 AM
NewsJoe Vitale scored his first of the season Saturday.
ImpactHis goal gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead and it turned out to be the game winning goal. Despite the goal, Vitale has no fantasy value.
Joe Vitale might have a broken nose | 09/18/2013 10:39 AM
NewsJoe Vitale's previously undisclosed injury was a possibly broken nose.
ImpactVitale will probably never know with complete certainty if his nose was broken during a fight on Sunday because he hasn't had an X-Ray. Either way, he left Sunday's preseason contest as a result, but was back on the ice Tuesday. Vitale also doesn't regret getting into the fight. "It's one of those things where it's kind of nice to get the first one out of the way," he said. "Get right back into it."
Joe Vitale (undisclosed) practices Tuesday | 09/17/2013 6:26 PM
NewsJoe Vitale has returned from an undisclosed injury.
ImpactVitale was able to participate in Tuesday's practice. He was hurt while participating in a fight during Saturday's preseason contest.
Joe Vitale leaves Penguins' game early | 09/16/2013 10:40 AM
NewsJoe Vitale left Sunday's preseason contest early to be observed after participating in a late-game fight.
ImpactIt's not clear if the Penguins were exercising an abundance of caution or if Vitale is dealing with something potentially significantly. Consider him day-to-day until more information surfaces.
Joe Vitale sits for Penguins in Game 4 | 06/07/2013 8:17 PM
NewsJoe Vitale is a healthy scratch Friday night for the Penguins.
Fluto Shinzawa on Twitter
ImpactVitale has played the past two games, getting just over 10 minutes of ice time. He's notched one assist in the playoffs over six games. Tyler Kennedy rejoins the lineup in his place.
Joe Vitale re-enters lineup Monday night | 06/04/2013 9:49 AM
NewsJoe Vitale got back into Pittsburgh's lineup in Game 2 against Boston.
ImpactHe played with Jussi Jokinen and Craig Adams on the team's fourth line. Vitale is a strong faceoff contributor and he plays physical as well, which helps him match up well against the Bruins. He had one shot and a minus-1 rating, with three hits, during his 11:03 of ice time.
Vitale not playing because of faceoff work | 05/23/2013 12:22 PM
NewsJoe Vitale didn't play Sunday or Wednesday because of his lack of success on faceoffs and not because of a "health thing."
ImpactVitale said Wednesday he had "a hiccup" to a previous lower-body injury, but that's not the reason why he's currently watching his teammates from the press box. Coach Dan Bylsma has not been pleased with Vitale's work in the faceoff circle in Round 2, as he won only 9 of 21 draws in Games 1 and 2.
Joe Vitale could return for Game 4 Wednesday | 05/21/2013 7:55 AM
NewsJoe Vitale wasn't able to play Sunday because of an undisclosed injury, but coach Dan Bylsma said it is "likely" that Vitale will participate in Tuesday's practice.
ImpactPrior to missing Game 3 against Ottawa, Vitale had skated in Pittsburgh's previous four contests. Depending on how Tuesday's skate goes, he might be ready to return for Game 4 on Wednesday night.
Joe Vitale won't play for Pens in Game 3 | 05/19/2013 1:16 PM
NewsJoe Vitale isn't available for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
ImpactIt's unclear if he's injured or just a healthy scratch because he didn't participate in the morning skate. Vitale has managed an assist in four games during the 2013 playoffs.
Joe Vitale working hard to stay in lineup | 05/19/2013 8:32 AM
NewsPenguins forward Joe Vitale is working hard to make sure he remains in the Pittsburgh lineup for as long as he can.
ImpactVitale watched the first four games of the postseason from the press box, but has been active ever since, contributing in ways that add value for the team. "I don't think I'm ever solidified," he said. "You look at the depth on this team. There's so much talent from one to four [lines] and the extras. It's kind of having that desperate mentality every time I play [that] any night I could be out again. That's kind of been my motivation since I got back in. It's gone well since then, so I'm hoping to keep it going." Provided he can remain productive centering the fourth line Vitale will continue to dress for the club.
Joe Vitale appears likely to play Thursday | 05/09/2013 3:23 PM
NewsJoe Vitale looks like he'll be back in the lineup for Pittsburgh Thursday night.
ImpactHe hasn't played in the team's previous four playoff games, but could bring some energy to the table if he dresses. Vitale skated on the fourth line at the Penguins' morning skate. In 33 games this season, he had five points and 45 hits.
Pens' Joe Vitale recovered from LBI | 04/30/2013 10:42 AM
NewsJoe Vitale is healthy enough to play, but he'll probably start the playoffs as a scratch.
ImpactHe sat out two games at the end of the regular season with a lower-body injury, but practiced Monday and has been deemed good to go.
Joe Vitale returns to Penguins on Monday | 04/29/2013 10:26 PM
NewsJoe Vitale (lower body) rejoined the Penguins on Monday.
Penguins on Twitter
ImpactVitale probably won't play that big of a role this postseason and will likely serve as a depth player who is scratched most nights.
Joe Vitale stays in Pittsburgh with LBI | 04/25/2013 2:16 PM
NewsJoe Vitale has a lower-body injury.
Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
ImpactHe didn't travel with the team to Newark for Thursday's contest versus the Devils. Consider him day-to-day.
Joe Vitale seamlessly re-enters lineup | 04/16/2013 9:53 AM
NewsJoe Vitale enjoyed a strong game in Saturday's win over Florida.
ImpactHe won 13 of his 17 faceoffs, delivered five hits and registered an assist in 12:39 of ice time. Vitale hadn't played since April 3 and he was thrust into action because of Evgeni Malkin's shoulder issue, but he was up to the task. He shouldn't be on your fantasy radar down the stretch though.
Joe Vitale makes season debut Sunday | 01/21/2013 11:29 AM
NewsJoe Vitale made his season debut on Sunday after being a healthy scratch Saturday.
Impact"I was a little disappointed," Vitale said of spending the season opener in the press box. "Obviously, you want to be out there, you want to play, especially with the long break [because of the NHL lockout] that we had." He had an assist in the Penguins' 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers.
|Goals||1||2 times-last:at Cgy||last:Nov 13||1|
|Assists||1||2 times-last:at TB||last:Oct 28||1|
|Points||1||4 times-last:at Cgy||last:Nov 13||1|
|Penalty Minutes||5||vs. Edm||Oct 15||7|
|Plus/Minus||1||2 times-last:at Cgy||last:Nov 13||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||23 times-last:vs. Col||last:Nov 25||0|
|Power Play Points||0||23 times-last:vs. Col||last:Nov 25||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||23 times-last:vs. Col||last:Nov 25||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||23 times-last:vs. Col||last:Nov 25||0|
|Shots||4||at Cgy||Nov 13||3|
|Points||14||2 times-last: 2013-14 (Pit)|
|Penalty Minutes||56||2011-12 (Pit)|
|Plus/Minus||-1||2 times-last: 2013-14 (Pit)|
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