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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
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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.

December 18, 2019 10:28 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Provides insurance tally
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen scored a goal on two shots in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Ducks.

Vatanen struck just one minute into the third period to put the Devils ahead 3-1. It was his fifth goal of the season, but his first since Nov. 1, ending his 17-game drought. Vatanen has already topped the four goals he scored in 50 games last season, and is three points from matching 17 he had in 2018-19. He could push 30 points, a plateau he hasn't reach since 2015-16 with Anaheim.

December 8, 2019 12:04 AM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Slings pair of helpers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (face) recorded two assists, one on the power play, in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Predators.

Vatanen wasn't forced to miss time after taking a puck to the face in Friday's game. He helped set up Jesper Bratt in the first period and Kyle Palmieri on the power play in the second. Vatanen added three shots on goal and three blocked shots in the game. The Finn is up to 13 points in 25 appearances. He's collected four assists in his last four outings.

December 7, 2019 06:00 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Good to go Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (face) will dress for Saturday's road contest versus the Predators, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

Vatanen took a puck to the face in the Devils' last game and was forced to leave the game as a result. As it turns out, the Finnish defenseman was not seriously hurt on the play and is ready to rock Saturday in Nashville. The 28-year-old has 11 points in 24 games this season.

December 6, 2019 11:52 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Exits after taking puck to face
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (face) left Friday's game against the Blackhawks after being struck by a puck, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

Vatanen recorded an assist, five blocked shots, three shots on goal and two PIM in the contest prior to his exit in the third period. After the game, coach Alain Nasreddine didn't have an update on the blueliner's status, per Stein. Consider Vatanen day-to-day ahead of Saturday's road contest in Nashville. If he's forced to miss time, Colton White would enter the lineup.

November 18, 2019 01:01 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Cleared to play Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (upper body) will rejoin the lineup against Boston on Tuesday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

Vatanen will return to action following a four-game stint on injured reserve. Prior to getting hurt, Vatanen was logging 21:34 of ice time per game, includinging 2:39 with the man advantage, and should see similar minutes now that he's been given the all-clear. Despite the time on the shelf, the Finn should still be capable of pushing for the 30-point mark this year.

November 15, 2019 10:16 AM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Lands on injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (upper body) was designated for injured reserve Friday retroactive to Nov. 8.

While it's technically possible the organization could activate Vatanen off injured reserve ahead of Saturday's matchup with Montreal, the fact that he has yet to resume practicing with the team is a good indication he will miss both games of New Jersey's back-to-back. With the extra spot on the roster, the club recalled Colton White from the minors.

November 14, 2019 05:16 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Won't play Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (upper body) is making progress in his recovery, but won't play Friday against Pittsburgh.

Vatanen skated on his own Thursday, but he still hasn't returned to practice with his teammates, which will mark the next step forward in his recovery. Another update on the 28-year-old blueliner's status should be made available once he's cleared to start taking contact.

November 13, 2019 11:00 AM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: No-go against Ottawa
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (upper body) won't play Wednesday against the Senators, Chris Ryan of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Vatanen will miss a second straight contest Wednesday and currently doesn't have a clear-cut timetable for his return. The 28-year-old blueliner will be reevaluated ahead of Friday's matchup with Pittsburgh.

November 10, 2019 02:52 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Unavailable against Canucks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (upper body) won't play in Sunday's game against the Canucks, Devils' play-by-play reporter Matt Loughlin reports.

Vatanen took an elbow to the face in Friday's loss to the Oilers and was unable to return to the contest. The 28-year-old is still feeling the ill effects, so Matt Tennyson should fill in on the right side Sunday. Vatanen will look to get healthy when the Devils return home Wednesday against the Senators.

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