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Top Markus Nutivaara News

  • Sharks' Markus Nutivaara: Moved to LTIR

    Nutivaara (lower body) was shifted to long-term injured reserve Sunday, CapFriendly reports.

    This is simply a paper move for the Sharks as Nutivaara has yet to play this season. There's been little update on his status and he can be considered out indefinitely until more information is available.

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  • Sharks' Markus Nutivaara: Not close to return

    Nutivaara (lower body) is not close to a return, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    Nutivaara only managed to play in one game last season because of hip surgery, and it is believed that he is still dealing with complications from that procedure. The Sharks defender hasn't skated yet.

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  • Sharks' Markus Nutivaara: Surfaces on IR

    Nutivaara (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

    Nutivaara is considered day-to-day but he already missed the first two games of the season. He could return for San Jose's next game Friday against Carolina if he's ready but there hasn't been much of an update on his status.

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  • Sharks' Markus Nutivaara: Not on trip

    Nutivaara (lower body) is not with the Sharks on the team's European trip, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Coach David Quinn said Friday that Nutivaara's lower-body injury was related to the issue that limited the defenseman to one game last season. Nutivaara was in the lineup a week ago for a preseason contest, but he didn't feel right afterward, and now it appears as though he will be out for the start of the 2022-23 campaign.

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  • Sharks' Markus Nutivaara: Dealing with lower-body issue

    Nutivaara is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    The Sharks are going to be cautious with Nutivaara, but at this point there's no reason to believe he won't be ready for San Jose's regular-season opener versus Carolina on Oct. 14. However, it's worth noting Nutivaara was limited to just one game with the Panthers in 2021-22 due to several different injuries.

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  • Sharks' Markus Nutivaara: Clear for camp

    Nutivaara (undisclosed) is on the Sharks' training camp roster.

    Nutivaara missed all but one game for the Panthers last year. The 28-year-old has missed large chunks of three consecutive campaigns, and the Sharks have brought in a number of defenseman to create competition during camp. That said, Nutivaara signed for $1.5 million this offseason, so he should make the Opening Night roster if he can avoid injuries.

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  • Sharks' Markus Nutivaara: Heading to Bay Area

    Nutivaara (undisclosed) signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Sharks on Wednesday.

    Nutivaara dealt with a range of injuries last year that limited him to one assist in one game for the Panthers. He'll get a fresh start in San Jose, where he'll compete for a bottom-four role.

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  • Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Skating, still on LTIR

    Nutivaara (lower body) skated before practice recently but remains without a definite timeline to return, George Richards of Panthers Press Box reports.

    Nutivaara has played in just one contest this season. It's not like the Panthers need to rush him back -- they've done well without his services so far. It's unclear if he'll be able to return before the end of the regular season, though his long absence and lack of a guaranteed role if he returns makes him a non-factor in most fantasy formats.

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  • Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Dealing with lower-body issue

    Nutivaara -- who is out with a lower-body injury -- may still be able to play this season, according to coach Andrew Brunette, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.

    The fact that Nutivaara only "might" have a chance to get back on the ice this season means fantasy players should probably be expecting him out of action until April. Given his limited offensive upside -- he's tallied just 19 points in 67 games over the last two seasons -- Nutivaara probably isn't worth stashing regardless of format.

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  • Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Heads to IR

    Nutivaara (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, per CapFriendly.

    Nutivaara has gotten just one appearance this season. The oft-injured Finn doesn't have a timeline to return.

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  • Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Dealing with undisclosed issue

    Nutivaara (undisclosed) isn't expected to play Thursday against the Capitals,

    Nutivaara has only drawn into the lineup for one of Florida's first nine games of the season, so his absence will undoubtedly go unnoticed in most fantasy circles. Another update on the 27-year-old blueliner's status should surface once he's set to rejoin the lineup.

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  • Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Set for season debut

    Nutivaara (undisclosed) was activated from injured reserve and will play Friday against Detroit, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Nutivaara missed the first seven games of the year while stashed away on injured reserve. He'll return Friday in a bottom-pairing role next to Brandon Montour. The 27-year-old tallied 10 assists and 35 hits in 30 games with Florida last season.

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  • Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Earns assist in season debut

    Nutivaara (undisclosed) produced an assist but only saw 7:01 of ice time in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Red Wings.

    Making his season debut, Nutivaara earned the primary helper on Eetu Luostarinen's first-period tally. The 27-year-old Nutivaara didn't see a shift after the second period, but there was no report of an injury during the game and no comment on his status afterward. The blueliner missed large chunks of last season due to injuries, and he's only reached 80 games played once in his five full seasons.

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  • Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Lands on injured reserve

    Nutivaara (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, per CapFriendly.

    It's unclear what injury Nutivaara is dealing with, but this essentially rules him out for the first week of the season, assuming it's not a backdated transaction. With Nutivaara hurt, the newly acquired Olli Juolevi could get a shot to play in the Panthers' season opener versus the Penguins on Thursday.

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  • Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Ready to rock

    Nutivaara (undisclosed) is officially in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 6 against Tampa Bay, Steve Goldstein of Fox Sports Florida reports.

    Coach Joel Quenneville classified Nutivaara as "likely" to play Wednesday, and this new confirms that notion. Nutivaara missed Game 5 with the injury, and he's gone pointless while racking up 10 hits and a minus-4 rating through four games in the series. The 26-year-old will replace Keith Yandle in the lineup for Wednesday's game on the third defensive pair.

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  • Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Set to play despite injury

    Nutivaara was labeled "likely" for Wednesday's Game 6 against the Lightning by coach Joel Quenneville, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.

    The bench boss didn't provide any specifics regarding the nature of Nutivaara's ailment but it seems it won't prevent him from returning to the lineup Wednesday. Prior to picking up his injury, the blueliner was stuck in an eight-game pointless streak on top of his season-long, 30-game goal drought. As such, his potential return to action is unlikely to impact the majority of fantasy players.

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  • Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Garners helper

    Nutivaara recorded an assist, two shots on goal and a pair of hits in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Blackhawks.

    Nutivaara drew the secondary helper on Brandon Montour's third-period tally. The 26-year-old Nutivaara finished April with seven assists in 13 games. He's at 10 assists, 39 shots, 26 hits and a minus-1 rating through 26 contests overall, mainly as a bottom-four defenseman.

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  • Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Three points in last two games

    Nutivaara set up both Florida goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.

    Nutivaara has three points in his last two games, but just six -- all assists -- in 18 games this season. Still, any defender on a scoring roll has to be rostered. Nutivaara won't be a huge producer, but maybe you'll catch a couple more strong games .

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  • Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Chips in with rare assist

    Nutivaara produced an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Stars.

    Nutivaara set up Aleksander Barkov's tally at 11:50 of the first period. The 26-year-old Nutivaara hadn't gotten on the scoresheet since Feb. 4, a span of 12 appearances. He's battled an upper-body injury in that stretch. The Finn has four assists, 16 shots on net and a minus-8 rating through 17 contests, so he's not much of an option in most fantasy formats.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 187 lbs
Birthplace: Oulu, Finland
Age: 28
Experience: 6
Shoots: Left