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6 Janne Niinimaa D
Height/Weight: 6-1/220 | Birthdate: 5/22/1975 | Birthplace: Raahe, Finland | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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3/20/2007

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa might be a spectator

News: The Montreal Gazette reports Radek Bonk will return to the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Bruins after missing the past three games.
Analysis: Bonk’s return will mean Mathieu Dandenault will shift back to defense and Josh Gorges or Janne Niinimaa will most likely be a healthy scratch. Niinimaa has little Fantasy appeal whether he is in or out of the lineup at this point.

2/21/2007

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa doesn't suit up

News: D Janne Niinimaa and RW Aaron Downey were healthy scratches for Montreal in Tuesday's game against Washington.
Analysis: Niinimma should be reserved or dropped in all but the largest of Fantasy leagues at this point.

1/17/2007

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

D Niinimaa in the lineup

News: Canadiens defenseman Craig Rivet was a healthy scratch on Tuesday against the Canucks for the first time this season, breaking a streak of 153 consecutive games played. He was replaced by Janne Niinimaa.
Analysis: Niinimaa has been a healthy scratch recently and is not worth using in any Fantasy format right now.

1/3/2007

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON Niinimaa is a healthy scratch

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa is a healthy scratch

News: Janne Niinimaa and Garth Murray were healthy scratches in Tuesday's game against the Lightning.
Analysis: It didn't take long for Niinimaa to go from a decent Fantasy option to a non-factor in most formats.

12/25/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON D Niinimaa nearly invisible

Janne Niinimaa

D Niinimaa nearly invisible

News: Janne Niinimaa, acquired in the preseason from Dallas, has no goals and just two assists with a minus-4 rating through 23 games at the Christmas break.
Analysis: Niinimaa should be avoided in all formats, as he is doing absolutely nothing for his new squad and Fantasy owners.

10/10/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa playing a lot

News: D Janne Niinimaa, a last-minute addition, logged nearly 22 minutes in the Toronto game Saturday. He is being used on both the power play and as a penalty-killer.
Analysis: Niimimaa is in the twilight of his career and is a fringe Fantasy player at best at this point. Avoid him in all but the largest of leagues.

10/2/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa dealt to Canadiens

News: Janne Niimimaa was traded to the Montreal Canadiens over the weekend for center Mike Ribeiro.
Analysis: Niimimaa is in the twilight of his career and is a fringe Fantasy player at best at this point. Avoid him in all but the largest of leagues.

2/24/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa progressing well

News: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Janne Niinimaa (ankle) has more stability in his ankle and he has improved well during the Olympic Games break, although he remains a risky play for the upcoming scoring period.
Analysis: Niinimaa has one goal, two assists and a minus-9 rating since coming over from the Islanders in a trade. He is only worth using as a reserve in larger Fantasy leagues right now until he can prove his health.

2/6/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa activated on Monday

News: Janne Niinimaa (ankle) was activated from injured reserve and he was able to play in Monday's game against the Predators.
Analysis: It appears safe to get Niinimaa back into the active Fantasy lineup in all larger leagues which allow daily moves.

2/6/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa practices Sunday

News: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Janne Niinimaa (ankle) practice Sunday and he's probable for Monday's game against Nashville.
Analysis: Niinimaa has missed the Stars' past seven games. Fantasy owners might be better served keeping him on the bench until after the Olympic break.

2/2/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa sits out Wednesday

News: Janne Niinimaa (ankle) was out of the lineup again for Wednesday's game against the Predators, as he remains on injured reserve.
Analysis: Niinimaa might be able to return on Saturday at St. Louis, but keep him reserved in all Fantasy leagues until he can officially return and play in consecutive games without any lingering effects of the injury.

1/30/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa skates Sunday

News: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Janne Niinimaa (ankle) skated Sunday, but he won't play against San Jose Monday.
Analysis: Niinimaa has been on the injured reserve since Jan. 20.

1/26/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa placed on IR

News: The Dallas Morning News reports that Janne Niinimaa was placed on the seven-day injured reserve list retroactive to Friday.
Analysis: Dallas will likely call up LW Mathias Tjarnqvist to fill Niinimaa's roster spot, but Patrick Traverse will continue to work on the Stars fourth line. Expect Niinimaa back Saturday against Detroit if he's healthy.

1/25/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Janne Niinimaa placed on I-R

News: Niinimaa was placed on injured reserve due to an ankle injury on Wednesday. The move is retroactive to Friday.
Analysis: Niinimaa will be out for Wednesday's game against the Blues and Thursday's game at Colorado.

1/25/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa out for Wednesday

News: The Dallas Morning News reports that Janne Niinimaa (ankle) is out for Wednesday's game against St. Louis.
Analysis: Niinimaa is still trying to get assimilated both mentally and physically into his new team. Keep him reserved through the week.

1/24/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa battling an injury

News: Janne Niinimaa missed Monday's game against the Coyotes due to a lower body injury.
Analysis: Niinimaa is considered day to day. He has not played very well for the Stars so far, but he has seen considerable time on the power play so don't give him up yet.

1/12/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa paired with Skoula

News: The Dallas Morning News reports Janne Niinimaa was paired with Martin Skoula in practice on Wednesday and he is expected to see time on the team's second power play unit.
Analysis: The club has moved Stephane Robidas to wing to accomodate Niinimaa's acquisition. Perhaps a change of scenery will jump-start Niinimaa and help him re-emerge as a useful Fantasy rearguard.

1/10/2006

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa traded to the Stars

News: Janne Niinimaa was traded to the Stars on Tuesday along with a fifth-round in 2007 on Tuesday for John Erskine and a second-round pick in 2006.
Analysis: Niinimaa should be reserved in all daily Fantasy leagues until he gets situated with his new club. If he plays a more prominent role with the Stars, he might be worth a look in larger Fantasy leagues again.

12/21/2005

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa back in the lineup

News: Janne Niinimaa (knee) is back in the lineup for the Islanders on Wednesday night. He was injured after a knee-on-knee collision at Toronto on Monday which also caused an ankle injury.
Analysis: It appears safe to get Niinimaa back into the active Fantasy lineup in all leagues which allow daily transactions.

12/20/2005

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa injured on Monday

News: Janne Niinimaa was injured late in the third period in Monday's game at Toronto after hitting Jeff O'Neill knee-on-knee.
Analysis: Niinimaa left the game and was unable to return. He is considered day to day for now.

12/14/2005

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON Niinimaa scoreless on Tuesday

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa scoreless on Tuesday

News: Janne Niinimaa was scoreless in Tuesday's game against the Wild with a minus-1 rating in 17:37 of ice time.
Analysis: Niinimaa has failed to score a goal in 18 games and he has just four assists and a plus-2 rating during the stretch. He is only worth a roster spot in larger Fantasy leagues at this point.

8/15/2004

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa inks three-year deal

News: Janne Niinimaa signed a three-year contract over the weekend to stay with the Islanders.
Analysis: Niinimaa is a solid piece of the Islanders puzzle, but he has had a tough time from a Fantasy perspective. He is still useful in most larger leagues, but do not overvalue him on Draft Day.

12/24/2003

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

Niinimaa picks up two assists

News: Janne Niinimaa had two assists and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's game.
Analysis: Niinimaa entered Tuesday's game with only four points (2 G, 2 A) in his past 16 games.

3/14/2003

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

News: Niinimaa had an assist on Thursday at Edmonton. He is expected to see more ice time, which means increased Fantasy value, with the Islanders.
Analysis: 

3/11/2003

Janne Niinimaa, D, MON

Janne Niinimaa

News: Niinimaa was traded to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. The Islanders also get a second and fourth-round draft pick in 2003. Edmonton receives Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres. Niinimaa's plus/minus rating should improve in New York and he might see power play time. Keep him activated.
Analysis: