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August 14, 2020 12:32 AM
Hurricanes' Sami Vatanen: Takes regular shift in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (undisclosed) had two shots and three blocks with one hit Thursday in a 3-2 Game 2 win over the Bruins.

After missing the opening game of the series, Vatanen returned to the lineup and logged just over 19 minutes of playing time. The veteran defensemen enjoyed a nice series during the qualifying round against the Rangers, chipping in with three assists, six PIM and five shots on goal over three games.

August 13, 2020 07:52 PM
Hurricanes' Sami Vatanen: Back in lineup Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (undisclosed) will suit up in Thursday's Game 2 against the Bruins, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.

Vatanen was forced to miss the opening game of the series with the undisclosed issue, but as evidenced by this news, he'll be a big boost to the lineup. In the first three games of the play-in series against the Rangers, the Finn racked up three assists and averaged 19:14 of ice time. Vatanen will enter the lineup on a pairing with Brady Skjei, as Jake Gardiner and Joel Edmundson will make their way out of the lineup.

August 14, 2020 04:32 AM
Hurricanes' Sami Vatanen: Game-time decision for Game 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (undisclosed) will be a game-time call for Game 2 against the Bruins on Thursday.

Vatanen's absence would certainly hurt the Hurricanes' blue-line production considering he notched three helpers, five shots and four blocks in three games versus the Rangers. If the blueliner is given the all-clear, he should slot back into a power-play role and would likely bounce Jake Gardiner or Haydn Fleury from the lineup.

August 12, 2020 10:48 AM
Hurricanes' Sami Vatanen: Unavailable for Game 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (undisclosed) won't play in Wednesday's Game 1 against the Bruins, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.

The Hurricanes haven't disclosed any details regarding Vatanen's injury, but he won't have to wait long for his next chance to suit up, as Carolina will be right back at it Thursday for Game 2 against Boston. For now, Haydn Fleury or Trevor van Riemsdyk will likely get the first crack at replacing Vatanen in the lineup.

August 4, 2020 04:16 AM
Hurricanes' Sami Vatanen: Two points in Game 2 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Monday's 4-1 win over the Rangers in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

He helped set up the first two goals of Andrei Svechnikov's hat trick, including the game-winner with the man advantage in the second period. Vatanen now has three helpers through the first two games of the series, and with Dougie Hamilton (undisclosed) out of action, he should remain a key figure on the Carolina blue line.

May 27, 2020 02:52 PM
Hurricanes' Sami Vatanen: Cleared to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (leg) will be ready to suit up for the Hurricanes once the league kicks off the 2020 postseason, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Vatanen was dealing with his leg injury when he was acquired by Carolina at the trade deadline and has yet to make an appearance for the club this season. While he won't get a regular-season contest in, the Finnish defenseman figures to be a key part of the club's play-in series versus the Rangers. With Vatanen good to go, Haydn Fleury and Trevor van Riemsdyk figure to find themselves relegated to the press box.

March 26, 2020 11:08 AM
Hurricanes' Sami Vatanen: Could be ready if league resumes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (leg) may be available for the Hurricanes should the NHL season resume. Coach Rod Brind'amour told reporters, "We were told he was going to be ready the first week of March when we made the deal, and that didn't happen. Now I would say that would be for sure, but you never know," Tom Gulitti of reports.

Vatanen was acquired at the trade deadline with the hope of him bolstering the Canes' blue line, but a setback in his recovery and the league stoppage has kept the Finn from making his debut for Carolina. The 28-year-old will no doubt be eager to prove he is back to 100 percent considering he is headed toward free agency this summer.

March 5, 2020 12:52 PM
Hurricanes' Sami Vatanen: Suffers setback
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (leg) was unable to finish the Canes' game-day skate and appears to have suffered a setback in his recovery. Coach Rob Brind'Amour told reporters, "He came off so that's not good. We were hoping to get him closer to playing. Now he looks like he's further away," Adam Kimelman of reports.

This comes as a huge blow for Vatanen, who seemed to be trending in the right direction and is with the team for its five-game road trip. The team didn't immediately provide a more specific timeline, but it seems the Finn will miss Thursday's matchup with the Flyers at a minimum.

March 5, 2020 12:52 PM
Hurricanes' Sami Vatanen: Will travel with team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (leg) will join the Hurricanes on their upcoming road trip but isn't guaranteed to play, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.

While Vatanen's presence on the trip is certainly a good sign, it doesn't necessarily mean that he's quite ready to return to game action at this point. The team will activate the blueliner from injured reserve prior to his reinsertion into the lineup, so look for that transaction to serve as an indicator that Vatanen is ready to roll.

February 24, 2020 05:12 PM
Hurricanes' Sami Vatanen: Sent to division rival
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Hurricanes acquired Vatanen (leg) from the Devils for a conditional fourth-round pick, Fredrik Claesson and prospect Janne Kuokkanen on Monday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.

Vatanen was on the Devils' injured reserve, but once he's healthy, he'll be a welcome reinforcement to the Hurricanes' banged-up blue line. Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely with a broken leg, and Brett Pesce sustained a shoulder injury Saturday that should keep him out long-term. The 28-year-old Vatanen can absorb the major minutes left behind by those two defensemen. He's accrued 23 points -- 10 on the power play -- through 47 games this season.

February 18, 2020 01:00 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Still sidelined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (undisclosed) won't play Tuesday against St. Louis, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

Vatanen will miss an eighth straight game Tuesday and remains without a definite timetable for his recovery. The 28-year-old blueliner is on injured reserve, so news of his activation will precede his return to the lineup. Connor Carrick will continue to occupy a spot on the Devils' bottom pairing until Vatanen is given the green light.

February 13, 2020 04:24 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Lands on injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Devils shifted Vatanen (undisclosed) to injured reserve Thursday.

Vatanen was already ruled out of Thursday's game and considered a question mark to travel to Carolina on Friday, so this news serves to further decrease his likelihood of playing in that contest. While Vatanen can return to action when he's deemed healthy, the blueliner is likely looking at Sunday against Columbus at the earliest for a chance to rejoin his teammates in action.

February 13, 2020 04:04 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Question mark for trip to Carolina
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (undisclosed) did not practice Thursday, so he'll miss Thursday's game against Detroit and is considered a question mark to make the trip to Carolina with the team for Friday's game against the Hurricanes, Abbey Mastracco of reports.

Vatanen is considered a potential trade piece with the deadline approaching but has been unable to take the ice in the last four games. That absence will extend through at least Thursday's game, though it sounds as though he's unlikely to suit up Friday in Carolina as well.

February 10, 2020 04:20 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Set to miss Tuesday's tilt
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (undisclosed) is expected to remain on the shelf against the Panthers on Tuesday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

It will be the fourth straight game on the sidelines for Vatanen due to his undisclosed injury. The blueliner managed just one assist in 10 games prior to getting hurt, so his absence will likely go unnoticed by the majority of fantasy owners. If the Finn continues to miss time, it could impact his trade value heading into the Feb. 24 deadline.

February 8, 2020 11:56 AM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Unavailable versus L.A.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (undisclosed) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Kings, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

Vatanen will miss his third straight game as he recovers from a mystery injury. The 28-year-old is a fixture in the top-four blueliners when he's in the lineup, but Mirco Mueller will stay in that spot for the time being. Vatanen has been skating, however, so there's a good chance he returns Tuesday versus the Panthers.

February 6, 2020 12:00 AM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Won't travel to Philly
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (undisclosed) won't make the trip to Philadelphia for Thursday's matchup, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

Vatanen will miss his second game due to his undisclosed injury. Prior to getting hurt, the 28-year-old was stuck in an 18-game goal drought and registered just one point in his prior 10 contests. Considering the blueliner is set for free agency July 1, he could find himself among trade rumors heading into the deadline.

February 4, 2020 11:12 AM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Not expected to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (undisclosed) wasn't on the ice for morning skate, which suggests he won't be available for Tuesday's matchup with Montreal, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

Vatanen's considered day-to-day with his undisclosed injury, so he shouldn't be sidelined for long, but he'll have to wait for Thursday's game versus Philadelphia for his next chance to get into game action. Mirco Mueller will likely take Vatanen's spot in the lineup against the Canadiens.

February 3, 2020 03:08 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Sits out practice Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen missed Monday's practice and is considered day-to-day after blocking a shot in Saturday's loss to Dallas, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

While this isn't expected to be a long-term issue, Vatanen's in danger of missing Tuesday's game versus the Canadiens. The 28-year-old has posted 23 points -- 10 on the power play -- through 47 games this year, and he's a candidate to be traded before the Feb. 24 deadline since he'll be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

December 29, 2019 08:44 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Picking apples in Ottawa
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen registered three assists in a 4-3 win over the Senators on Sunday.

Two of Vatanen's helpers came on Devils power plays, giving the defenseman nine power-play points in 2019-20. For the season, Vatanen has five goals and 15 assists for 20 points. The 28-year-old, having produced six points over his last four games, is a hot fantasy commodity at the moment.

December 24, 2019 12:00 AM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Slings helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen managed an assist, three blocked shots, two hits and two PIM in Monday's 7-1 win over the Blackhawks.

Vatanen assisted on a Jack Hughes goal in the first period, which sparked the rally from the Devils. The Finnish defenseman has points in three of his last four games, and 16 points in 32 games overall this season. Vatanen has added 67 shots on goal, 57 blocks and 39 hits.

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