Rinat Valiev
Rinat Valiev
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Calgary Flames
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Valiev spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Stockton, producing 21 points in 57 contests. He only has 12 total games of NHL experience split between the Maple Leafs and Canadiens, and there are a number of players currently ahead of him on the Flames' depth chart. The Russian blueliner will likely spend another season in the minors, and may never prove worthy of a regular spot in an NHL lineup. He can safely be disregarded in all fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames in July of 2019.
Re-signs with club
DCalgary Flames  Minors
July 16, 2019
Valiev put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way deal with Calgary on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Valiev hasn't seen action in the NHL since 2017-18, spending all of the previous campaign in the minors with the Heat. In 57 contests, the 24-year-old notched four goals and 17 helpers. The blueliner will be hard-pressed to secure a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night versus Colorado on Oct. 3.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Canadiens aren't sure what they have in Valiev, a hulking defenseman who came over from Toronto in the Tomas Plekanec trade. The Habs were in a position to give him ice time last season but Valiev suffered a lower-body injury that cost him more than a month of action -- he played just two games for Montreal as a result. As part of the Maple Leafs organization, Valiev was known as a defense-first player capable of moving the puck to a degree; has a tendency to stare down forwards on breakout passes. That he's a left-handed shot, a position of need for the Habs, means he'll compete for one of the final spots on the blue line. His two-way contract means the Habs would rather see him develop at AHL Laval, though he'll need to pass through waivers in order to do so.
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Seeking arbitration
DCalgary Flames  Minors
July 6, 2019
Valiev filed for salary arbitration Friday.
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Gets QO from Calgary
DCalgary Flames  Minors
June 25, 2019
Valiev earned a qualifying offer from the Flames on Tuesday.
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Called up from minors
DCalgary Flames  Minors
April 17, 2019
Valiev was promoted from AHL Stockton on Wednesday as part of the Flames' Black Aces call-ups.
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Shipped down to minors
DCalgary Flames  Minors
February 11, 2019
Valiev was demoted to AHL Stockton on Saturday, TSN reports.
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Brought up to big club
DCalgary Flames  Minors
February 2, 2019
The Flames recalled Valiev from AHL Stockton on Saturday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
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