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Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Will return Thursday
Maenalanen (upper body) will play Thursday against Buffalo, according to Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun.
Although Maenalanen was activated off the injured reserve list Thursday, he wasn't initially expected to be in the lineup versus the Sabres. Morgan Barron is unavailable because of an illness though, which might be why Maenalanen is playing. The 28-year-old has four goals and six points in 25 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Lifted from IR
Maenalanen (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Thursday.
Maenalanen is not expected to play Thursday versus the Sabres, but he could be back in versus the Penguins on Friday. David Gustafsson (upper body) was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move. Maenalanen is likely to play in a bottom-six role once he's back in action.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Could return versus Pens
Maenalanen (upper body) may be available against Pittsburgh on Friday, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
While Maenalanen won't be an option versus the Sabres on Thursday, he looks ready to return for the team's second game of the back-to-back Friday. If the winger is ready to go, he will need to be activated off injured reserve which would require a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Not expected to play Friday
Maenalanen (upper body) skated in a non-contact jersey during Friday's practice and consequently isn't expected to play this evening versus Tampa Bay, per Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet.
Maenalanen hasn't been in the lineup since Dec. 8. He has four goals and six points in 25 contests this season. When Maenalanen is ready to return, it will likely be in a bottom-six capacity.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: May be ready Friday
Maenalanen (upper body) might be ready to play versus Calgary on Tuesday, John Lu of TSN reports.
Maenalanen last played for the Jets back on Dec. 8 versus the Blues, a stretch of 12 games on the shelf due to his upper-body issue. Prior to his absence, the winger was finding his offensive stride with three goals and one assist in his last six outings.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Suffers setback
Maenalanen has suffered a setback with his upper-body injury, Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet reports.
Maenalanen was originally given a recovery timetable of "at least a month" on Dec. 11, but it sounds like that timeline has likely been extended substantially due to his setback. Either way, the 28-year-old winger has only collected four goals and six points through 25 games this season, so his continued absence will undoubtedly go unnoticed in most fantasy circles.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Dealing with long-term injury
Maenalanen (upper body) is expected to miss at least a month, Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Maenalanen was placed on injured reserve Sunday and will now be out until at least mid-January. The 28-year-old has six points while averaging 11:30 of ice time through 25 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Moves to IR
Maenalanen (upper body) was put on injured reserve Sunday.
Maenalanen was injured in Thursday's game against St. Louis. He won't be eligible to come off the IR list until Dec. 17, so he will miss at least another three contests. Maenalanen has recorded four goals, two assists, 30 shots on net and 57 hits in 25 games this year.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Won't play Sunday
Maenalanen (upper body) will remain sidelined Sunday against Washington, per Mitchell Clinton of the Jets' official site.
Maenalanen missed Friday's contest as well after suffering an upper-body injury Thursday against St. Louis. Sam Gagner should start on the fourth line again in Maenalanen's absence. The 28-year-old winger has four goals and two assists through 25 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Will miss Friday's game
Maenalanen (upper body) won't play Friday against Chicago, per Mitchell Clinton of the Jets' official site.
Maenalanen suffered the injury during Thursday's 5-2 victory over St. Louis. He has four goals and six points in 25 contests this season. Sam Gagner is drawing into the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Exits game with upper-body injury
Maenalanen left Thursday's game against St. Louis because of an upper-body injury and won't return.
Maenalanen only logged 1:11 of ice time Thursday. He presumably sustained the injury when he absorbed a hit from St. Louis' Niko Mikkola, and was holding his right arm before he departed, per Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet. Maenalanen has four goals and six points in 25 contests this season.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Ignites five-goal surge
Maenalanen scored the Jets' first goal during Sunday's 5-2 come-from-behind win over the visiting Ducks.
With the Jets trailing 2-0 midway through the second stanza Sunday, Maenalanen redirected Nate Schmidt's pass from near the crease area to spark the rally. The 2013 fifth-round draft pick has scored three goals in five games after opening the season with two points in 19 appearances. Maenalanen, who also earned a secondary assist on Morgan Barron's game-winning marker Sunday, notched his first two-point game since he scored a pair of goals against the Rangers on Jan. 15, 2019 as a member of the Hurricanes.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Scores two goals Sunday
Maenalanen scored two goals in Sunday's 7-2 win over Chicago.
Maenalanen has three goals and four points in 20 games this season. He entered Sunday's contest with an average of 11:07 of ice time this season. Although he exceeded that average Sunday by logging 14:56, he wasn't used on the power play and is still serving primarily as a bottom-six forward. As things stand, Maenalanen isn't expected to make regular offensive contributions.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Nets first goal of season
Maenalanen scored a goal on two shots and added two hits in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Stars.
Maenalanen hadn't gotten on the scoresheet since he recorded an assist on Opening Night. He changed that with an insurance marker late in the second period of Tuesday's win. The 28-year-old hasn't done much in his return to the NHL after three full years overseas. He has two points, 13 shots on net, 36 hits and a plus-1 rating in 12 contests while logging bottom-six minutes.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Offers assist
Maenalanen recorded an assist in Friday's 4-1 win over the Rangers.
After three seasons in Europe, Maenalanen returned to the NHL and made the Jets' Opening Night roster. The 28-year-old forward picked up eight points in 34 games as a Hurricane in 2018-19, so there's not a lot of offensive upside here even if he can maintain a fourth-line job. The Finn will likely face competition from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby for playing time.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Saku Maenalanen: Returning to North America
Maenalanen signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets on Tuesday, per CapFriendly.
Maenalanen spent the last three years in Finland. He played in 47 games with Karpat last season, racking up 13 goals and 28 assists, and he spent the two previous years with Jokerit in the KHL. He drew into 38 games with the Hurricanes in 2018-19, but it's unclear if he'll begin 2022-23 with the Jets or AHL Manitoba.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Saku Maenalanen: Headed for KHL
Maenalanen signed a one-year contract with the Helsinki Jokerit (KHL) on Wednesday.
Maenalanen was at a contract impasse with the Hurricanes, who issued the winger a qualifying offer which he has yet to sign. With no movement on a new deal in sight, it appears the Finn will return to his homeland and play in the KHL instead. Carolina will retain his rights should he ever decide to return to North America.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Saku Maenalanen: Qualified by Carolina
Maenalanen received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
No surprise here, as the Hurricanes are flush with cap space and opted to qualify all of their RFAs. Maenalanen should return to a bottom-six role, similar to the one in which he totaled eight points over 34 appearances as a rookie last season.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Saku Maenalanen: Ready to rock
Maenalanen (upper body) has been cleared to rejoin the lineup ahead of Tuesday's Game 3 against the Bruins, Luke DeCock of The News & Observer reports.
Maenalanen has been sidelined for over two weeks due to an upper-body injury, but he's finally put that issue behind him, and is expected to return to a bottom-six role for Game 3. The 24-year-old rookie has picked up one assist in seven appearances this postseason.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Saku Maenalanen: Hasn't been cleared for contact
Maenalanen (upper body) remained in a non-contact jersey for Saturday's practice, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Maenalanen has been skating with the team since Tuesday, but he won't be a candidate to return to the lineup until he's able to start taking contact in practice. Another update on the 24-year-old rookie's status should surface once that occurs.... See More ... See Less
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