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Injury to Juuso Valimaki changes Flames' plans for T.J. Brodie

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Turns out Nazem Kadri may have done the Calgary Flames a massive favour.

Instead of being booed Nov. 19 when Kadri makes his return to Calgary, a city he recently rejected a trade to, the former Toronto Maple Leafs centre should perhaps be thanked by Calgary faithful.

After all, had he rubber stamped last month’s deal to bring him to Calgary in exchange for T.J. Brodie and Mark Jankowski, the Flames would be in a bigger pickle than they find themselves in today.

News of an ACL injury to prized young blueliner Juuso Valimaki on the weekend suddenly has Flames GM Brad Treliving searching for a serviceable defenceman – a quest that would have been incrementally harder had Brodie been sent packing.

This late in the summer it’s a thin marketplace he didn’t fathom he’d be picking through given the defensive depth his team has considered a forte the last few years.

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The loss of third-pairing options Oscar Fantenberg and Dalton Prout to free agency this summer, followed by the recent buyout of Michael Stone’s final year, leaves the team short on back-end depth it once had in spades.

Treliving isn’t interested in talking about the Brodie trade Kadri rejected (before being shipped to Colorado) or what that would have meant to his new........

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