Jusso Valimaki out week-to-week with lower body inury

The Calgary Flames returned to the practice ice on Tuesday morning following their two-game road trip. Arguably the biggest news from the skate involved a player that wasn’t skating: rookie defender Juuso Valimaki.

With Valimaki out, expect Oliver Kylington to play for the next little while.

With Valimaki and Stone out, it’s probably safe to expect the Flames to place Valimaki on the injured reserve list and call up a defenseman as a precaution for Wednesday night’s game against the Dallas Stars. For what it’s worth, the Stockton Heat played an afternoon game on Tuesday and no regular defensemen were scratched.

Lines from today’s skate, via Pat Steinberg:

  • Flamesforever

    It’s your turn show us what you got Oliver, damn what a bummer for Jusso. Hoping it’s nothing to serious, he was looking better each game and quickly becoming one of my favourite Flames. I’m guessing a high ankle sprain.. which can be nasty.

  • cjc

    Hmm… no goaltending decision for tomorrow. Smith had a good start against Arizona, but this should be Rittich’s net to lose now and I’d prefer to see him back in net.

    Also, if goalie psychology is a thing, is it a good idea to leave the starter unknown? Mental preparation needs to start happening, regardless who will be the starter.

  • cjc

    Who will get the call-up? Taormina, Valiev, Healey, Prout? AOM does not have an NHL contract and Hogstrom hasn’t played yet. Those four are the only guys left with NHL contracts. Prout seems most likely, he’d need to come back from conditioning by December 4 anyway. Taormina – probably the safest player to have eating popcorn and along with Valiev has the lowest cap hit. Valiev is still nominally a prospect, so he should play, not sit. Healey has a higher cap hit than any if he is brought up – not much difference, but every penny helps.

  • Stockton's Finest

    Heat lose 4-2 in San Jose today (I am in Boston for training). Stockton was up 2-0 in the second then Gillies gives up 3 goals (don’t know if they were high or low). An empty net goal closes out the scoring. Gillies gives up 3 goals on 18 shots.