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Flames send Andrew Mangiapane and Juuso Valimaki to Stockton

The Calgary Flames have made a pair of roster moves in advance of their lengthy break. The club has reassigned defenseman Juuso Valimaki and forward Andrew Mangiapane to the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat.

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This is primarily a salary cap-driven move. The Flames had the ability to assign two or three waiver exempt players to the farm for the All-Star Break and the extended CBA break while still meeting roster requirements: Mangiapane, Valimaki, Rasmus Andersson and Oliver Kylington were all eligible to be demoted for the break.

But considering that Andersson and Kylington have been big contributors lately for the big club, sending them down wouldn’t make much sense. Mangiapane hasn’t been playing big minutes for the Flames and Valimaki hasn’t played since Nov. 23 due to injury, so it makes sense to send them down to get a couple games in on the farm. The cap savings on the pair is roughly $8,900 per day (or around $80,000 if they’re gone for nine days).

The Flames are back in action on Feb. 1. For now, they’re carrying a 21-man roster and will be happy to bank the small cap savings they’re getting from carrying fewer bodies when they attempt to bolster their roster at the trade deadline.

    • Albertabeef

      Being the #1 D in Stockton for the rest of the season would be good for Valimaki’s development and conditioning. Unless one of the current kids on on D implode suddenly. Oli has shown he can play this level and has already paid his dues in the A. Vali can come back up for the playoffs unless we rotate ALL our D heading into the playoffs. Not one of the six who played tonight have played themselves off the roster.

  • cjc

    For those curious why Kylington or Andersson weren’t assigned (min. roster size is 20). Yes they could have saved a bit more cap space, but both have been playing regularly (arguably deserve a break) and they would see their salary reduced if they went to the AHL (dick move, even if it was a paper transaction).

  • freethe flames

    The Heat have 4 games before the Flames play again. A very good chance for Valimaki to find his game and maybe help the Heat find their game. Maybe Mangiapane finds his swagger offensively during this time. Maybe the Flames recall someone else after the break.

    • Stockton's Finest

      Free, they play only 2 games. Thursday in San Antonio and Friday in Austin. Then the AHL All-Star game weekend before hitting the ice again on 2-1 for a home-and-home series with San Jose.

  • SeanCharles

    It so nice being a big fan of 7 of the Flames dmen.

    They are all either higher end top 4 dmen or young and up and coming.

    Such a good problem to have.

    Mangiapane should stay down on the farm IMO. We could really use another forward, via trade, to play in the top 12 regularly.

    • Albertabeef

      He’s not hurting the team enough to not let him play. It can take 50-100 games to adjust, sometimes longer. He’s what two years older than Dube? This is the point where last year’s farm team’s top point guy should be given the chance to play. 8-1-1 in our last 10, why change any players right now? We beg the coach and management to kids the kids a chance but when they don’t produce at a “Johnny Hockey” pace you want to give up on them. Go look at Backlund’s stats his first 5 NHL seasons. Then it took Back’s another 3 seasons to be a top end 2 way player. Look at Bennett and Ferlands early years too. Look at it this way, this is how these kids get NHL experience. You can’t get NHL experience in the AHL.