141Juuso Valimaki
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Juuso Valimaki out indefinitely due to injury

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.

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.

  • SgtRoadBlock

    This is big hit to the Flames in so many ways, The kid could lose 90% of this season and 1 year gone of his ELC prime years to caphit ..Valimaki is Prime for top 4 D for the Flames in the top staff eyes for years to come. will he be pron for leg injury from now on who knows..
    BT now going to do off the chart trade before camp and we could see some shockers PTO at camp
    we had like 10 D at end of the Season now we will be looking for two Dman. lol could not make this stuff up

    • SgtRoadBlock

      my hope it a phantom hurt to Exploit the Caphit in some small way… BT could be trying Leaf/ Ott tricks pipe dreaming but dam wish he was not hurt 🙁

  • Theo/14


    So I use to see articles like this one on the oilers all the time. Everyone in the comments would laugh at them. Now it is us who are the butt end of the jokes. As you can see by the authors last sentence and all the comments to follow. Still shaking my head at the lucic trade. I guess Johnny is just trying to be positive but it still sounds silly for him to say that lucic is the missing piece to a cup run.

      • Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis

        “Johnny said the same things about Neal”

        I don’t remember this at all. Neal’s been on three teams in three years for a reason, he’s a self entitled, lazy, one dimensional scorer that waits around for skilled centres to get him the puck. The entire league mockingly calls him “The Real Deal”, because no one can stand him…. Milan Lucic is tough as nails and most in the league respect the crap out of Lucic. Johnny is tired of opposing players man handling him and guys like Neal just watching and doing nothing to help. He knows Lucic will put the fear of god in them if they take advantage of Johnny, songs happy for this deal. And again all metrics say Lucic was the much better player last year, he’s a year younger and has actually had a 50+ Point season more recently than Neal. Neal played on a way better team last year and Lucic played with bums.

        • SgtRoadBlock

          Jonny pump Neal tires when he join this team on all hockey sites you can in goggle it… this is very common to say good things about a player joining the team… Not like he going to say dam this guy a goon that skate so slow that 46 year old Jager look faster.. would bee funny and good news to see that spice it up..all players r coached to what to say about stuff to reporters

          • Sploooosh

            @playitagainsam. sure edmonton had the best 2 scoring centers in the league last year (by points) which is an anamoly and rare to have. Good for edmonton. Calgary’s #1 (monahan) 12th in scoring, in and around mark sheifle, sebastian aho, patrice bergeron, and jonathan toews. Saying the flames doesn’t have an elite centre is kinda silly, no?

        • Theo/14

          Neal had 20 goals in every season before he came to Calgary lol I’m assuming that’s how he got the name real deal. What did lucic “putting the fear of god in opponents” do for the coilers? Basement dwellers is what. Treliving will probably end up utilizing oilers old crap d men Davidson and Peteovic. Don’t like how this is trending. But yeah…. Milan Lucic is the key lol Milan played long stretches with the best player in the world and couldn’t do a single frigen thing except kill the play. Even Rattie, Chaisson and maroon looked 10 times better than luc.

    • Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis

      Lucic will spend most of next season on the fourth line or in the press box. YOU’RE MAKING WAY TOO MUCH OUT OF THIS TRADE!!! We don’t need Lucic to contribute AT ALL and we’ll still be one of the top teams in the West. Mangiapane, Dube are both primed for massive breakout seasons.

      Neal is a bum, he’s been carried by elite centres his entire career (Richards in Dallas, Malkin/Crosby in Pittsburgh, Forsberg in Nashville, etc). We’re the third team that’s given up on Neal in the last three years for a reason. He’s a lazy, soft Hockey player who can barley skate now and is apparently a locker room cancer. I’ll say it again, at least Lucic is tough, he helps give players like Johnny more ice. I look at whenever we played Edmonton the past two years, Lucic would always disrupt us from playing our real game, at least Lucic brings some unquantifiable toughness presence, Neal couldn’t even do that and he was unplayable last year most of the time.

    • Zeb Zadock

      Last week I was at sylvan lake with some old buddies. Should have heard the
      Oiler fan club giving it to the flame fan club about the lucic trade. Lol flame fans are not happy about this trade. However kind of like Johnny’s interview you posted… flame fans and players alike have to say it’s a good trade. It’s sports.

      • I would actually be happy for Neal if he has a bounce back year. He was literally atrocious for us last year, no heart, no show. If he doesn’t get his poop in a group he will be bought out within 2 seasons, maybe gets another one year shot, and he gone…and that’s sad. Where’s the pride?

  • cjc

    While this certainly is unfortunate, l don’t think the sky is falling. Calgary played without Jusso for 58 games last season, and did a fairly good job in that time, too. Let’s not forget that Kylington played admirably for 38 of those games. His AHL number suggest a very good defenseman on the way.

    Also, I think this is the last nail in the coffin for the idea of trading Brodie. Though our depth will be tested if there is another injury on defense – Brandon Davidson and Rinat Valiev don’t exactly inspire confidence.

    • Abagofpucks

      now you have to sign brodie and hamonic and give them raises, or let them walk for nothing at the end of the year. and if you trade them away, you trade from weakness and get garbage in return, haha good luck. you still have to sign that turtle and the maingy kid just in case you forgot, could see tre pull a petey, lookout.

  • LannyMac

    Tre seemed set on bringing in some help. I hope he doesn’t give a contract to an aging vet ie. Phaneuf even if it’s league min only to find out Kyl is a better defenceman. PTO the training camp roster to death but no contracts Tre similar to free agency you’re horrible at that.

  • MiamiRedhawks

    Hopefully it isn’t too bad. I dealt with an injury before and the surgeon was telling me that injuries on the ice are not as severe as those by football players since the knee injuries tend to be quick snaps versus a planted foot with a lot of pressure behind it. And for the love of god…what will it take to get rid of the some of the ads on this website…