A major wrench has been thrown in the 2019-20 season for the Calgary Flames, and it’s only August.
The team announced today that Juuso Valimaki tore the ACL in his right knee during a training session. It will require surgery, and he’s out indefinitely.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) August 12, 2019
This will mark the second season in a row that Valimaki will miss significant time with a lower-body injury, which is a very unfortunate trend. Last year, he suffered a high ankle sprain which cut into his rookie season. Due to recovery time and spending time down in the American Hockey League, he only played in two of the team’s final 60 games.
This comes shortly after the Flames bought out Michael Stone, likely meaning that Oliver Kylington will see major time in the big leagues this season, barring any major trades to bring in another player to fill Valimaki’s shoes.
He was looking to build off a rookie season which saw him score one goal and add two assists. No timeline has been set on his recovery.