Treliving: Flames looking to trade for D-man after Valimaki injury
- Juuso Valimaki’s torn ACL is forcing the Calgary Flames to scour the trade market for reinforcements on the blue line.
- General manager Brad Treliving said Monday that the team will look for external help on defense on top of identifying internal options, according to Sportsnet’s Pat Steinberg.
- Treliving noted that Oliver Kylington is a natural internal option, but said the club will also start looking at trade options shortly.
“We’re going to be in the market,” Treliving said of a possible trade or free-agent signing to help shore up the left side. “The good news is that we have some young guys that we think have taken some steps, but we’re certainly going to be looking at potential options on our blueline.”
- There is currently no timeline on when the 20-year-old will return to the ice and, eventually, game action.
- But with surgery needed to mend the muddled right ligament, months – not weeks – are typical.
- To confirm, Valimaki will soon travel to Calgary and establish a game plan with the Flames’ medical staff, and a surgery date will follow.
- No timeline has been set on his recovery.
- He was looking to build off a rookie season which saw him score one goal and add two assists.
- This comes shortly after the Flames bought out Michael Stone, barring any major trades to bring in another player to fill Valimaki’s shoes.