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Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Re-signs with Flames
Valimaki landed a two-year, 3.1 million contract with Calgary on Friday.
Valimaki scored a pair of goals and 11 points in 49 games last season. He also added 19 points in as many games in the Finnish Elite League prior to the start of the 2020-21 campaign. A first-round pick in 2017, the 22-year-old blueliner is expected to see a bump in playing time next year after Mark Giordano's departure. Valimaki averaged just under 15:30 of ice time in each of his first two NHL seasons.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Picks up helper
Valimaki recorded an assist, two blocked shots, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Canucks.
Valimaki entered 2020-21 with high expectations, but he rarely played higher than the third pairing this year. The Finn racked up 11 points, 72 shots on net, 60 blocked shots, 26 PIM and a minus-2 rating in 49 contests. A first-round pick from 2017, Valimaki will likely compete for a larger role in training camp ahead of the 2021-22 season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Credited with assist
Valimaki notched an assist and went plus-2 in Sunday's 6-5 overtime win over the Canucks.
Valimaki picked up an assist on Elias Lindholm's game-winning goal in overtime. The helper snapped a nine-game point drought for Valimaki. The Finnish blueliner hasn't taken a big step forward in 2020-21 with 10 points, 71 shots on net, 58 blocked shots and a minus-4 rating through 48 contests.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Tallies second goal of year
Valimaki scored a goal on three shots in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win versus Toronto.
Valimaki opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game, converting a perfect tape-to-tape backdoor feed from Milan Lucic. It was just the second goal in 38 games this season for the sophomore defenseman, who was the 16th overall pick in 2017.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Draws assist Saturday
Valimaki recorded an assist and two blocked shots in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Oilers.
Valimaki earned the secondary helper on Brett Ritchie's third-period tally. This was just Valimaki's second appearance in the last six games. He ended a 14-game point drought with the assist. The Finn has eight points, 45 blocked shots, 50 shots on goal and a minus-5 rating in 37 outings. He'll likely compete with Nikita Nesterov and Oliver Kylington for playing time over the remainder of the season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Falling out of favor
Valimaki has been a healthy scratch for the last two games.
Head coach Darryl Sutter has opted for Nikita Nesterov and Michael Stone on the third pairing in the last two games, leaving Valimaki and fellow youngster Oliver Kylington in the press box. This is likely a teachable moment for Valimaki as he plays in his first full NHL campaign. He has seven points, 50 shots on net and 42 blocked shots through 35 games. Expect the Finn to get a turn in the lineup again in the near future, even if he's limited to third-pairing minutes.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: First goal in over two years
Valimaki scored a goal on three shots, blocked two shots and added two PIM in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Senators.
Valimaki opened the scoring just four minutes into the game, and that sparked the Flames' offense to life. It was the young blueliner's second career goal, and his first since Oct. 17, 2018. The Finn is up to seven points, 34 shots on net, 27 blocked shots and 10 PIM through 22 games this season. He's solidified a role on the Flames' third pairing.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Manages assist in loss
Valimaki posted an assist and four shots on goal in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Canucks.
Valimaki earned the secondary assist on Andrew Mangiapane's second-period tally. The 22-year-old Valimaki has six assists, 24 shots and 20 blocked shots through 16 games. He's been paired with Mark Giordano in the last two games, which has allowed Valimaki to see first-pairing usage and some time on the top power-play unit, at the expense of Rasmus Andersson's playing time.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Helpers in consecutive outings
Valimaki notched an assist, two hits and two PIM in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
Valimaki has found a groove recently, with four assists in six games since the calendar flipped to February. The Finnish blueliner has five helpers, 19 shots on net, 18 blocked shots and six PIM through 13 appearances. There's still a bit of work to do for the 22-year-old to round out his game, but Valimaki should be a mainstay in the Flames' lineup for a majority of the season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Offers assist
Valimaki collected an assist and four shots on goal in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Jets.
Valimaki had a shot-pass that Byron Froese redirected past Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck in the second period. That's become a noticeable part of Valimaki's game recently -- he seems to find the right pass in the offensive zone. The Finnish blueliner has four assists, 18 shots on goal and 17 blocked shots through 12 contests in a third-pairing role.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Logs helper Thursday
Valimaki recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Jets.
Valimaki threaded a pass to the net-front area, where Andrew Mangiapane redirected the puck past Connor Hellebuyck late in the first period. The 22-year-old Valimaki only has three assists to go with 18 blocked shots and 14 shots on net through 10 games. He's displayed his strong vision in recent games -- if he can find some consistency, his scoring numbers should rise.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Pockets helper in shootout win
Valimaki notched an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 4-3 shootout win over the Jets.
Valimaki displayed some serious poise with his primary helper on Johnny Gaudreau's third-period tally. The pass beat three defenders and all Gaudreau needed to do was redirect it into the wide-open net. The 22-year-old Valimaki has struggled with consistency in 2020-21 -- he has just two assists, a minus-3 rating and 15 blocked shots through eight appearances. Fantasy managers in redraft leagues can probably ignore the Finn, but dynasty managers will want to hang on through his learning curve at the NHL level.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Registers assist Tuesday
Valimaki produced an assist, three blocked shots and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Valimaki set up Milan Lucic for the Flames' second goal of the game. It was the first point of the year for Valimaki, who also has seven shots on goal, eight blocked shots and a minus-3 rating in five appearances. The 22-year-old is averaging 16:13 per game on the third pairing with Nikita Nesterov. It's likely Valimaki won't do enough to earn fantasy interest in 2020-21, but the first-round pick from 2017 is a solid option to stash in dynasty formats -- a move up the lineup could come as soon as next season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Returning to North America
The Flames have recalled Valimaki from his loan with Tampereen Ilves of Finland's Liiga, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
Valimaki was highly productive during his loan, racking up two goals and 19 points while posting a plus-15 rating in 19 games. The 2017 first-round pick missed the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign after suffering an ACL injury during offseason training, but he's expected to be a full-time player for the Flames this season, likely in a third-pairing role.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Heading overseas
Valimaki was loaned to Tampereen Ilves in Finland on Tuesday.
Valimaki hasn't played an NHL or AHL game since April 19, 2019 after he suffered a torn ACL during offseason training in August 2019. This move will allow the Finnish blueliner to get some game experience ahead of the 2020-21 NHL campaign. He is expected to compete for an NHL job in the upcoming season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: On ice for scrimmage
Valimaki (knee) is participating in Tuesday's intrasquad scrimmage, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Valimaki missed the entirety of the regular season after undergoing surgery in August to repair a torn ACL he suffered during offseason training, but it appears as though he'll be an option for the Flames during the playoffs if and when he's needed. The 2017 first-round pick notched three points in 24 appearances with the big club in 2018-19.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Among camp attendees
Valimaki (knee) has been added to the Flames' training camp roster.
Valimaki spent the season on long-term injured reserve after suffering an ACL injury in August. Considering he hasn't played this year, the blueliner is unlikely to get into a playoff game. However, it sounds like he could be ready for the start of the 2020-21 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Resumes skating
Valimaki (knee) has resumed skating but there is no timeline for his return, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Valimaki suffered an ACL injury in August 2019 and has been out of action for the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign. While he has resumed skating, he still has a long way to go to be ready for game action. Per Steinberg, the Finnish defenseman will start to partake in practice in the near future. Valimaki is one of the Flames' top defensive prospects -- the organization will be very cautious to make sure he doesn't suffer any unnecessary setbacks in his recovery process.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Heading to IR
Valimaki (knee) will start the season on injured reserve, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
This is merely a procedural move for the Flames. Valimaki tore his ACL in August and isn't expected to return in the first half of the season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Suffers ACL injury
Valimaki sustained an ACL injury during offseason training that will require surgery and keep him out indefinitely.
In his rookie campaign, Valimaki saw action in 19 games last year, in which he notched one goal, two assists and 28 shots while averaging 15:29 of ice time. Heading into the 2019-20 campaign, the defenseman figured to have the inside track on a regular spot in the lineup, but will now face the prospect of missing most, if not all, of the upcoming season. Oliver Kylington and Alexander Yelesin will likely compete for the opening on the blue line during training camp, though a trade acquisition or free-agent signing could be in the club's future. While the team didn't provide a specific timeline, fantasy owners should expect a six-month absence at minimum.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-2, 211 lbs|
|Birthplace: Tampere, Finland|