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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.

  • super6646

    The off-season that keeps on giving…. sigh*. Get well soon vali. Really concerned with how this affects his development. Can’t be good to miss two seasons with injuries now.

    I also can’t wait to see the next FN article from Pat about how Brodie is still super expendable and overrated and passed by all of our young dmen while pretending injuries never happen. 👎

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    Terrible news. I can only see one bright side to this… Kylington. I think he’s better than Peters gives him credit for and now he’ll have a chance to prove it. If Kylington was ever in the conversation as trade bait as part of a bigger deal, I’m hoping this cements his place in the Flames organization for years to come.

  • TheBigChef

    This is just so cruel. On the same day Corey Pronman ranks the Flames as the worst farm system in the league, our best “prospect”– the one we refused to give up in order to trade for Mark Stone (mistakenly so, in my opinion)– is now going to miss probably 6 months in what probably would have been his most important development year.

    Could sure use some better news today…looking to you Treliving and Tkachuk.

    • Derzie

      You wouldn’t know it from the FN kool aid but this team is in a nosedive. Positive news has been super scarce since last year’s all-star break. The only real positives have been RFA housekeeping, the goalie prospect Wolf and getting shed of Neal & Smith (of course we got Lucic & Talbot in return, oil-stench and all). Losing out on Zucker, Kadri. Weak drafting. Failure to get Chucky signed. Failure to move Frolik or Brodie. Failure to address playoff weaknesses. Our top contracts starting to look ancient and alienating our players. Our best D prospect is proving to be made of glass. The Pronman declaration. Oh and the majority of our competition got better. The arena sits on both sides of the ledger. Ay carumba.

  • supra steve

    1. This does suck.
    2. The Flames have a decent replacement in Kyllington.
    As long as the remaining D stays relatively healthy, it shouldn’t hurt the Flames as much as it would most other NHL clubs.

    • TheBigChef

      This is true, Steve. Flames can manage until he gets healthy and probably won’t have a huge impact on our playoff chances, assuming no other major injuries on the back end.

      Just a crappy situation and bad timing. We’ve been talking about moving Brodie for picks all summer largely because we assumed Valimaki was ready to step in and play regular minutes this year. Now Brodie is less expendable and it’s going to be hard with our cap problems to find help with our D-depth. Also sucks that he is losing a big chunk of prime development years.

      You’re right though. Silver lining is we get to see what Kyllington has to offer. Let’s see if he takes the ball and runs with the opportunity. Could be huge for us if he takes a big step forward like Andersson did last year. Will be interesting to see what the pairings look like opening night.

      • deantheraven

        I too have sipped the sugary optimism beverage. Always had confidence in Kyller being able to keep growing into his game. The question is, is it enough pressure to cause performance anxiety, or is this the time to grab the bull by the horns and run with it? For sure though, this won’t the last time anyone will speculate about whether he’s ready or not. I was a little sad to see Tre’s pragmatic quote, and I hope Oliver can prove once and for all he belongs.

        • Brian McGrattan's Salute

          Well, he seemed like a confident kid when he was playing. His two goals were beautiful, and with his speed, he can at least give himself a chance to recover on mistakes. So hopefully he will shine!

          The power of being an underdog, and suddenly getting your chance to play ought not to be understated.